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8 accidentprone sites identified in Golf Course

first_imgGurugram: Headed by District Commissioner Amit Khatri, a commitee of experts have identified eight accident-prone sites at Golf Course Road which is popularly known as Raghvendra Marg.These sites are Bristol Chowk, Jan Prathinidi route, Genpact route, Belmonte route, Sector-55 cut, Sector -42 cut, AIT Chowk and SPR cut. Based on the survey the public officials are now thinking of implementing facilities that may avoid mishap involving either commuters or pedestrians. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderResidents and office goers who use the route daily complain that lack of action by the authorities can result in a major tragedy. Grievances are also being shared of how the bikers are brazen enough to violate traffic rules even in the peak traffic hours. Shortage of facilities like a foot over bridges and footpaths also increase the perils of the pedestrians. Even as plans are being executed to widen the city roads, a large number of people are having a grouse that the authorities are not allotting space for city cyclists. Recently, Golf Course Road, upgraded. Yet it is still to create dedicated tracks for cyclists and better facilities for the pedestrians. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWith cyclists, pedestrians and commuters on two-wheelers being the most vulnerable on city roads, for long there has been a demand that the roads in the modern city must also have space for the cyclists. The voices over this issue have again found resonance after the air pollution in the city has spiralled to hazardous levels owing to a large number of vehicles on city roads. Moreover, the commuters continue to grapple in huge traffic jams even in the recently reconditioned roads. “The planning by public and private authorities does need a complete overhaul and needs to encompass all forms of commuters. Unfortunately, because of vested interests, it will never be followed. The civil society must continue to raise its voice with regards to the development of facilities for cyclists and pedestrians,” said Sarita Bhargava, a city resident.last_img read more

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The Latest May calls Brexit deal vote for week of Jan 14

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):3:40 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May says the delayed vote in Parliament on the Brexit deal between her government and the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14.The vote was supposed to take place last week, but May cancelled it at the last minute when it became clear lawmakers would resoundingly reject the agreement.May is trying to win tweaks from the EU in order to win over skeptical lawmakers — although the bloc says no renegotiation is possible.May told lawmakers on Monday that debate on the deal would resume the week of Jan. 7, when Parliament comes back after its Christmas break. She said the vote would be held the following week.___10:10 a.m.Some members of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet are urging the government to ramp up planning for a “no-deal” Brexit — a chaotic outcome that could see gridlock at U.K. ports, planes grounded and shortages of essential goods.Others are seeking to work with opposition politicians to find a way out of the morass.May’s supporters distanced themselves from media reports that senior figures in her government held talks with opposition Labour lawmakers aimed at holding another vote.But some Cabinet members say lawmakers from all parties should be consulted to find out whether there is majority support for any course of action.“We can’t just have continuing uncertainty and I think Parliament should be invited to say what it would agree with,” Business Secretary Greg Clark told the BBC.___9 a.m.Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn calls for a second referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union, saying it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy.In remarks released ahead of her speech in the House of Commons on Monday, May says that staging another referendum “would say to millions who trusted in democracy that our democracy does not deliver.”She’s also expected to argue that such a ballot would exacerbate divisions rather than heal them.May’s supporters distanced themselves from media reports that senior figures in her government held talks with opposition Labour lawmakers aimed at holding another vote.With time growing short toward Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure, it remains unclear whether the country will leave with a deal or crash out with no deal.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Western University facility builds worlds smallest snowman

The world’s smallest snowman has been built right here in Ontario, according to Western University’s Nanofabrication Facility.The facility published an image of the tiny snowman on their tumblr page earlier this month, complete with eyes, nose, arms and a smile.Todd Simpson, from the facility, told the Canadian Press the snowman stands less than 3 microns tall and is significantly smaller than a strand of human hair — which measures roughly 50 microns in diameter.They used an electron beam lithography to stack three 0.9 microns silica spheres to create the snowman. The eyes and mouth were cut with a focused ion beam and the arms and nose were sculpted with platinum.According to the Guinness World Records website, the official world’s smallest snowman measured at 10 microns in diameter and was created by scientists at the National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom.The facility has been making national headlines for their festive creation. read more

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UN agencies seek funds to help malnourished refugees in Western Sahara

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said a lack of adequate aid coupled with delivery problems have hurt an estimated 165,000 refugees living in five windswept camps around the western Algerian desert town of Tindouf. Most have been there since leaving their disputed territory nearly three decades ago.In a briefing in Geneva, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said the refugees’ rate of acute malnutrition has remained above more than 10 per cent for years, much higher than the local community average. The rate of chronic malnutrition, which can leave victims stunted, is estimated to be more than 30 per cent.”Urgent crises elsewhere in the world all too frequently overshadow their food aid needs, making this literally a hand-to-mouth operation,” Mr. Redmond said.He said the agencies need donors to provide contributions and to help make sure food aid is delivered more quickly and effectively.Next month a joint UN assessment mission will visit the camps near Tindouf, while senior UN officials are holding meetings in the Moroccan city of Rabat today to discuss UNHCR proposals to allow certain refugees to have person-to-person contacts with their relatives across the border.The UN has had a peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara since 1991 after Morocco and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (Frente POLISARIO) agreed to a ceasefire in their dispute over Western Sahara’s status. read more

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NAFTA negotiations could mark end of era for Mexican exports

FILE – In this March 23, 2017 file photo, workers inspect and pack LG flat screens at an assembly plant in Reynosa, Mexico. The Trump administration is pressing to bring labor and environmental regulations into the main body of the North American Free Trade Agreement text in the upcoming renegotiation of the three-way trade pact set for Aug. 16, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File) NAFTA negotiations could mark end of era for Mexican exports by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 10:10 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MEXICO CITY – President Donald Trump’s push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement is putting Mexico in a tough spot, threatening the system that has helped turn the country into a top exporter through low wages, lax regulations and proximity to the United States.With talks set to start on Aug. 16, the Trump administration is targeting the massive U.S. trade deficit with its southern neighbour and the weakly enforced labour, environmental and manufacturing rules that for 23 years have drawn American assembly plants to Mexico and launched a flood of televisions, cars and appliances across the border.“Mexico was resting on its merits and has been in a comfort zone, and now we have to leave it,” Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told a business group recently. “The alarm clock has rung for us to wake up.”A key draw for foreign assembly plants and investment has been Mexico’s low wages. While average manufacturing wages in China had risen to $3.60 per hour by 2016, Mexico’s had shrunk to $2.10 – a level some economists say is artificially low. With many workers unable to afford the vehicles Mexico produces, the country exports about three times as many cars as are purchased domestically, most to the United States.“It is a very serious problem,” Alex Covarrubias, a labour professor at Mexico’s Sonora College, said of the country’s wage policy. “Almost all the (labour) contracts that are signed in Mexico are unlawful, which means that they are company contracts, which the workers aren’t aware of.”The Trump administration is pressing to bring labour and environmental regulations — originally contained in weakly enforced “sidebar” agreements — into the main body of NAFTA’s text, and to require that Mexico’s government ensures the “effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.”Tightening Mexico’s labour laws and strengthening unionization could push wages up, or at least stem the flight of jobs to Mexico, experts say.Guajardo said Mexico is willing to negotiate labour and environmental issues as part of the talks to be held in Washington. “I think it would be progress, to guarantee that the benefits of the agreement are shared among all.”Guajardo appeared to be similarly flexible about making “fine adjustments” to the rules-of-origin in manufacturing, which dictate how much regional content would be required to consider a product “made in North America.” Critics have accused Mexico of importing a lot of Chinese or European components, assembling them and labelling them made in North America.But Guajardo is less convinced by what he calls the Trump administration’s “extreme preoccupation” with reducing trade deficits – one of the issues that make Mexican officials bristle.“Since NAFTA was implemented in 1994, the U.S. bilateral goods trade balance with Mexico has gone from a $1.3 billion surplus to a $64 billion deficit in 2016,” the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office said in unveiling its plans for renegotiating the accord. “The negotiating objectives also include adding a digital economy chapter and incorporating and strengthening labour and environment obligations that are currently in NAFTA side agreements.”Mexico’s CIBanco bank said in a report that most of this deficit is in the auto sector and it could be the main sticking point in the talks.“The U.S. demands to use the talks to improve its trade balance with NAFTA partners represent the biggest threat to reaching an accord,” it said.Mexico, in turn, wants the redone agreement to include immigration issues while changing as little as possible in trade policy.It appears to want a better guest-worker program. But U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said this was not an area “that would be involved in NAFTA renegotiations.”On the whole, it appears Mexico wants to change as little as possible.Covarrubias, who studies the auto industry and attended some of the consultation sessions in Mexico on NAFTA renegotiation, said he was “very disappointed” to see that the position of Mexico’s government and power groups was “we don’t want to change a single comma.”“They’re just reacting, waiting to see what the Trump administration says, but they don’t have anything proactive, any proposal,” Covarrubias said.One change sought by the U.S. is expected to be another thorny issue. NAFTA’s Article 19 set up a trade-dispute resolution mechanism that allows binational panels of private experts to decide differences over tariffs.Canada has vowed to defend the panels, and in Mexico there is pressure not to go back to national courts to resolve disputes, probably because both countries fear it would allow the U.S. to throw its greater weight around.All of this comes under a deadline: Mexico wants the talks wrapped up before its presidential election season opens up in 2018, because the government fears any concession would become a political football for leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.That’s a point where Mexico is almost certain to be disappointed, said ex-U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza.“I think it’s certainly aspirational to talk about the end of the year, beginning of (2018), but I think it’s far more realistic to be looking at the end of 2018 maybe even early 2019,” Garza said.Some are more optimistic about the talks to retool NAFTA, which was signed before the latest tech boom, Mexico’s opening of its oil industry and Trump’s calls to build a wall between the countries.“One should never let a good crisis go to waste,” said Mexico’s former ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Sarukhan, adding the talks provide an opportunity to modernize NAFTA.“NAFTA is a 20-year-plus old agreement. In its day it was the gold standard of trade agreements,” Sarukhan said. “In many ways it was the 1.0 of free trade agreements. But the global economy changed significantly in the past 20 years. Amazon or EBay, for example, did not exist when NAFTA was signed. Turning NAFTA into a 3.0 free trade agreement is an opportunity we should not squander.”__________AP Writer Christopher Sherman contributed to this report read more

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Three takeaways OSU mens basketball still working to improve

The Ohio State men’s basketball team gathers together after a foul during its exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s basketball season once again in Columbus. The Ohio State men’s basketball team took the court for the first time Sunday afternoon as they faced off with the Walsh University Cavaliers. In the first action of the season, the Buckeyes overpowered the Division II opponent 85-67 off of a 14-point performance by sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle.Overall, the first-half performances on both sides could be called sloppy at best. Both teams combined for 15 turnovers and 28 personal fouls during the opening period, and it seemed like neither team was particular ready to run an offense.Midway through the second half, OSU got the ball rolling with solid play on both sides of the ball, outscoring Walsh 45-35 after halftime. The Buckeyes had the game wrapped up midway through the second.Highlighted by players smiling after big plays and laughing off mistakes, including a missed dunk by sophomore guard C.J. Jackson, OSU rolled to an 18-point victory. After the game, the transfer student from Eastern Florida State said it would not happen again, but his fellow first-year OSU players at the podium seemed to find humor in his embarrassment.In the lighthearted contest that ended up going the Buckeyes’ way, here are three takeaways from the first OSU men’s basketball game in Value City Arena this season. Things are still a bit rustyIt should have been expected by most that the first action on the court in 2016 was going to be far from pretty. In the first 10 minutes, those expectations came true. OSU was hesitant running the court in the opening minutes of the scrimmage, struggling to formulate an offense and analyze the defensive sets that Walsh was throwing at it. OSU also committed far too many fouls to slow the Cavaliers’ offensive attack, which caused Buckeyes coach Thad Matta to be slightly displeased with his team’s performance.“We talked about it at halftime,” he said. “We couldn’t get a run going because of the fouls. They were committable fouls. How many times we fouled shooters … we weren’t as smart as we needed to be in terms of our defense.”There is still time to make the team regular-season ready, but OSU can’t afford to struggle with the same kind of issues that plagued the team last year.First-year players will have an impactThe lineup is far from certain for OSU after a solid scrimmage performance turned in by freshman center Micah Potter and the rest of the first-time Buckeyes. Potter knocked down a three-pointer en route to a six-point performance with five rebounds and a block.Jackson picked up five points, but his real contribution was on the defensive side of the ball. Four steals, three of which came during the second half, paired with a six-assist mark with no turnovers earned high praise from Matta.“I just tried to make the simple play and not do too much,” Jackson said. “Just hit the open man. Coach Matta has really been pressing us on making the good pass, making the perfect pass and snapping the ball to the right guy. That’s kind of what I focus on: taking one play at a time and just throw it to the team in white and we’re good to go.”Jackson could have an extended role very soon, and OSU might be reaping the benefits.JaQuan Lyle and Keita Bates-Diop a dynamic duoSophomore guard JaQuan Lyle and junior forward Keita Bates-Diop were key members of the 2015 team, combining for an average of 11.2 and 11.8 points per game, respectively. This year, the story should be no different.Lyle and Bates-Diop combined for 26 points and 10 rebounds, going 10-for-14 as a duo. Lyle was scrutinized for his play last season, but Matta said during OSU Media Days in September that he has made progress.It might be too early to say how much of an impact the two will have, but Sunday’s game showed how well the two can work when on the court. read more

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Beside The Points For Monday Feb 26 2018

All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeHockey took a major ratings hitThe numbers are in, and the NHL’s bar on participating in Olympic hockey in Pyeongchang certainly made the sport more skippable for viewers this year. The U.S. men’s victory over Russia in Sochi pulled in 4.1 million viewers, but a game this year against Slovakia drew only a third of that. However, the U.S. women’s win over Canada, which began at 11 p.m. Eastern, pulled in 2.9 million viewers, an NBCSN late night record. [The New York Times]Canada had an awesome Olympic gamesDespite losses in hockey and curling, the 2018 Olympics were a banner year for the Canadian delegation, leaving the games with 29 medals, 11 of which are gold. That’s the best Olympics for Canada ever. [NPR]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?America had a terrible OlympicsThe Associated Press found the internal U.S. Olympic Committee document detailing expectations for the 2018 Olympics, and it’s a tough read. The USOC predicted a minimum of 25 medals, with a forecast of 37 medals and a high estimate of 59 medals. The underperformance here is huge: Team USA goes home with 23 medals, the fewest since 1998. [The Washington Post]Lots of ‘pewter medals’ thoughOne reason for that immense shortfall is that 35 American athletes had to settle for a “pewter” medal, as in they finished just to the left of the podium in fourth, fifth or sixth place. That’s got to sting. [The Los Angeles Times]Try out our super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping!This new rule could change baseballAs part of the constant attempts of the MLB to make the game interesting for new fans who are a little reluctant to devote four and a half hours on every game, the league announced it’ll reduce the number of mound visits in the first nine innings of a game to six, which could ramp up miscommunications. [ESPN]Bullish on BortlesBlake Bortles signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, earning up to $66.5 million after incentives. Bortles had a stirring postseason but threw 51 interceptions from 2014 to 2016. [ESPN]Big Number+80.68America fell in love with curling, again. This happens every four years. Ever since NBC broadcast 50 hours of curling in Nagano ’98, Americans have eaten up the sport, in many cases being consumed by it. Then they forget about it for the 206 weeks between olympic sessions. Curling is by far the largest Olympics bump of any winter sport, seeing its google search trend index jump a walloping 80.68 points in Olympic months compared to other months. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: neil:U.S. men win curling gold, beat Sweden 10-7!chris.herring:People stayed up to watch this at like 4!tchow:!!!!!Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetTiger nails duck We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions read more

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Doctors should stop lifesupport treatment for policeman in car crash coma judge

first_imgHowever, the Official Solicitor, the official representing Pc Briggs’s interests, said it would take the decision to the Court of Appeal.Pc Briggs, 43, suffered a brain injury when Chelsea Rowe ploughed into his motorcycle in her Nissan Micra on July 3  2015 as he drove along the Birkenhead flyover on his way to work a night shift with Merseyside Police.Rowe, 26, was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence in July this year, after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Mrs Briggs welcomed Mr Justice Charles’s ruling and said the decision to contest it would only prolong her family’s agony. Speaking on Tuesday, she said: “Paul was such a selfless, kind and charitable person. He dedicated his career and his life to serving others. We know that he would have wanted us to pursue this case for him.”Doctors had told the court that Pc Briggs, who had previously served in the Gulf War with the Army, would benefit from being moved to a specialist rehabilitation centre and “a more socially stimulating environment”. However, the court ruled that, even in the best-case scenario, he would not regain the capacity to make complex decisions, would not improve physically and would need 24-hour care. A judge has said that doctors should be able to withdraw treatment from a Gulf War veteran who was left in a coma after a head-on collision, ruling that is what he would have wanted.Lindsey Briggs had asked judges to allow her policeman husband Paul to die, against the view of doctors at the Liverpool hospital where he is being treated who said it would be wrong to withdraw treatment as he is in a “minimally conscious state” but not a “permanent vegetative state”.On Tuesday Mr Justice Charles, sitting in the Court of Protection, agreed that, despite his “natural instinct of survival”, Pc Briggs would have wanted to die and that he should be moved to a hospice where he would stop receiving fluids and nutrition and would receive palliative care in his final few weeks.Mr Justice Charles ruled that Pc Briggs’s “best interests are best served by giving effect to what he would have been able to dictate by exercising his right to self determination rather than the very powerful counter arguments based on the preservation of his life”. 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. Doctors said Paul Briggs was not in a 'permanent vegetative state' from which there would be no hope of recoverycenter_img Doctors said Paul Briggs was not in a ‘permanent vegetative state’ from which there would be no hope of recoveryCredit:PA Paul Briggs suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle crash while serving with Merseyside PoliceCredit:PA Paul Briggslast_img read more

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EHF Cup Two draws and 3 for Magdeburg against RN Loewen

EHFEHF CupFrisch Auf GoppingenholstebroKIF KoldingkoldingMagdeburgMaribor Branikmoritz schapsmeierRhein Neckar LowenRK Mariborrn loewenSC Magdeburgschaepsmeier The three matches in the EHF Cup brought us two draws and a home victory. KIF Kolding were unable to materialize the home advantage in the match against Team-Tvis Holstebro, and played only 24:24 despite leading at half time with 14:12.Same goes for RK Maribor, but they can be pretty happy with the home draw against favorites Frisch auf Goeppingen 26:26, considering that FA Goeppingen at times in the first half had even four goals advantage. It’s good result for RK Maribor, however in the second game in Baden-Wuerttemberg they will be huge underdogs.In the third game, SC Magdeburg scored and important three goal victory over RN Lowen. 31:28 (16:12) victory and +3 can mean nothing considering three goals can be easily annulated, and moreover they have Moritz Schapsmeier out until the end of the season due to an injury. ← Previous Story Ivan Cupic is back after three months! Next Story → VIDEO: 12 meters bomb for celebration in Kiel read more

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Historian chronicles Hellenisms legacy in Rockdale

first_imgDr Panayiotis Diamadis has won second spot in this year’s Ron Rathbone Local History Prize, which fosters research into local history in south Sydney’s City of Rockdale.His study, entitled ‘Personal Experiences, Public Memory: Rockdale’s monuments to military service’, highlights an enduring legacy of Hellenism in the area. “Hellenism was the first civilisation which created monuments specifically dedicated to men who had fallen on the field of battle in defence of their homelands,” said Diamadis, who lectures at the University of Technology Sydney.As the genocide scholar highlights in his study, various sites across Rockdale, including churches, clubs, gardens and sporting facilities, have been dedicated in whole or in part to the memory of locals who served in the armed forces of Australia and abroad. One example he cites is the Tempe War Memorial, inaugurated in September 1918 with donations from workers of the Tramways Depot.“The story of the Tempe Depot War Memorial demonstrates Hellenism continues to be the enduring source of inspiration 25 centuries after the creation of the first war memorial,” he said. Dr Garry Darby, with his entry ‘Rocky Point Road: the first 50 years’, took out first prize in the competition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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How Mortal Kombat Came Under Government Scrutiny

first_img This week sees Mortal Kombat 11 hit modern consoles, the latest installment in the gory, gruesome and envelope-pushing fighting franchise that has somehow persisted for 27 years. When Ed Boon and John Tobias came up with the concept at arcade mainstay Midway, they thought they were just knocking out a quickie brawler to take some shine off of Street Fighter. Instead, they made a unique fusion of arcade action and exploitation movie aesthetics that drew attention from some very high places. Read on as we revisit the day Johnny Cage went to Washington.Not So InnocentFor the first century and change of the American experience, the Federal government kept a pretty hands-off attitude towards what the population consumed. Hell, just getting food safety laws passed was an uphill battle. But after World War II, when the economic boom created a leisure class with excess spending money and a government with no wars to fight, people started to get concerned about what the youth was up to.In the 1950s, the boogeyman was comic books. Psychiatrist Fredric Wertham published Seduction of the Innocent, a scathing takedown of horror, war and superhero comics that found repressed homosexuality, bondage, drug use and violence everywhere. Using bogus statistical methods, including claiming that 95 percent of teen criminals read comics so comics caused teen crime, Wertham made his case so strongly that he was invited to testify as an expert witness in front of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency.The 1954 hearings on comic books were a disaster for the industry. EC Comics, the leader in horror titles, was confronted with some of its grisliest covers and stories to the horror of the spectators. The industry realized that they were facing a public relations debacle and before the government could take action they immediately shifted course, creating a self-regulatory body called the Comics Code Authority and putting some of the worst offenders out of business.The Hall of JusticeIn 1993, media scapegoating was at the boiling point. The Parents Music Resource Center had successfully waged war on filthy music, getting warning labels slapped on album covers and barring them from sale at stores like Wal-Mart. It was time for a new boogeyman, and the growing video game industry was next in line.Government officials would sporadically set their sights on video games in the early days. We had seen some scandal in early days around Exidy’s arcade Death Race, which tasked players with running over “gremlins” in the road, but that game’s primitive graphics made it impossible to take seriously. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop warned in the 80s that electronic games could produce addictive responses in young minds, but after the first industry crash the moral watchdogs turned to other issues.In addition, the early 1990s saw the mass media seize on random acts of violence in a disproportionate way. Even as the rate of violent crimes dropped, news programs trumpeted a world of increasing danger around every corner. The search for the causes of this violence naturally led to the media.There were two games that got public opinion so riled up that government intervention was possible. The first was Night Trap, an early title for the Sega CD developed by Digital Pictures. Using the grainy full-motion video capabilities of the console, it was a cheesy horror spoof that featured teenage girls being murdered by vampiric creatures called Augers. The violence and titillation wasn’t anything worse than you’d see on late-night basic cable, but the subject matter was enough to get Congress heated. And then there was Mortal Kombat.The first Congressional hearing on violence in video games kicked off on December 7th of 1993. Senator Joseph Lieberman preceded them with a press conference held with members of the National PTA and children’s TV show host Captain Kangaroo, decrying the influence of pixelated violence on the youth of America.On the industry side, Howard Lincoln of Nintendo and Bill White of Sega attempted to make their cases. Lincoln was working from an advantageous position, as Nintendo had preemptively censored their home version of Mortal Kombat, transforming the blood to sweat and removing the more gruesome fatalities. Lincoln used his time on the stand to throw shade at Sega, mocking their claims that video games weren’t just for kids anymore. White gave as good as he got, mocking Nintendo’s “Super Scope” bazooka peripheral.You can watch the whole proceeding here:Afterwards, although no consensus was reached regarding video games’ culpability in inspiring real-world violence, Lieberman proposed the creation of the Interactive Entertainment Rating Commission, a five-member panel appointed by the President to work with the industry on creating a ratings system.By the time of the second hearing in March of 1994, the major companies had formed the Interactive Entertainment Industry Rating Commission to do just that. Electronic Arts, Sega, Nintendo, Atari, Acclaim, Philips and 3DO had already added their support, and Lieberman’s proposal to create a government board was no longer necessary. Later renamed the ESRB, the group would create a ratings code similar to the one used by the MPAA for films. It is still used to this day.After the FightFor Night Trap, a relatively obscure title on a niche system, the hearings were a godsend at first. The game moved a whopping 50,000 copies the week after the December hearings. That didn’t last —Toys R Us and Kay-Bee Toys both stopped selling Night Trap a week later, and by January of 1994 Sega had withdrawn it from sale.Mortal Kombat was a different story. The game was a smash hit, a cultural phenomenon, and despite wanting to look responsible neither Nintendo or Sega was willing to skip the massive paycheck for having it on their system. In the 16-bit console wars, it was a significant win for the Genesis to have the uncensored MK on their system, and helped move even more hardware and narrow the gap between the two companies. And it wouldn’t be long before Nintendo would falter — the SNES release of Mortal Kombat II at the end of 1994 had all the blood and gore of the arcade version.Video games continued to be scapegoated for real-world violence. The Columbine high school massacre in 1999 was tied to the perpetrators’ love of first-person shooters like Doom and Quake, and cries to ban or more strictly regulate those titles were loudly heard. Aside from a few isolated cases, though, even the most violent games have stayed on store shelves.In 2013, after the Sandy Hook shooting, Barack Obama requested Congress fund research into the effects of violent video games and other media on children. And in March of 2018, Donald Trump directly blamed violent video games for the rise in school shootings, meeting with industry execs in a session that was described as “unproductive and bizarre.” Twenty years later, there’s still no definitive link between ripping somebody’s spine out as Sub-Zero and causing real world harm to another person, and there might never be. But for one brief moment, every gamer in America thought that the government was ready to perform a fatality on their favorite hobby.Get Mortal Kombat 11 on AmazonMore on Geek.com:Hands-On: ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Is a Spine-Ripping Good TimeBest ‘Mortal Kombat’ Toys‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Story Trailer Goes Back to the Future Stay on target Joker and The Terminator Cross Over Into ‘Mortal Kombat 11’‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf last_img read more

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Final 21 WWE RAW rating overall number sees a big drop

first_img 2/2 New Japan Pro Wrestling New Beginning USA Results: Nashville, Tennessee Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Velvet Sky Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Pinterest Google+ 2/2 WWE Live Results: Regina and Vancouver (Strowman vs. Corbin, Triple Threat) WWE Worlds Collide Tournament Results – 2/2/19 (Velveteen Dream wins tournament) Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next This week’s 2/1 WWE RAW drew a 2.38 cable rating with an average audience of 3.38 million viewers. The first hour drew 3.592 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.464 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.094 million viewers.This is a big drop from last week’s 2.93 rating with an average of 4.09 million viewers.RAW averaged a 1.08 rating among adults 18-49, down from 1.22 last Monday.Source: Prowrestling.net, Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining 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 Facebook Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Graduate student embarks on project to pinpoint site of original Fort Vancouver

first_imgThe establishment of Fort Vancouver in 1825 was a pivotal moment in the history of the Pacific Northwest.Too bad we don’t know where it was built.Historians know that it was somewhere on the bluff above the Columbia River, near what is now Evergreen Boulevard.Amy Clearman wants to find that site, and she is starting a research project in two neighborhoods near Vancouver’s historic core.The Portland State University graduate student will make a presentation on May 23 at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. Clearman hopes to enlist the help of residents of the nearby Hudson’s Bay and Edgewood Park neighborhoods. Her research plans include looking for signs of that vanished fur-trading post in some people’s yards.“The fort site is in a residential neighborhood, and hopefully, I will be excavating on people’s properties, so I will need a lot of help,” Clearman said.But wait! Isn’t there already a Fort Vancouver, complete with replica wooden stockade, adjacent to Pearson Field?Yes. That fort is where the Hudson’s Bay Company relocated in 1829. After four years on the bluff, the fort’s managers realized that hauling everything a mile or so up that hill from the river (including water) was not practical.And the neighboring tribes were no threat, so there was no need for a more secure, defense-focused position on the high ground.The 1829 version of Fort Vancouver — now a National Park Service site — was the regional headquarters of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s fur-trading operation for about 30 years. The Hudson’s Bay Company abandoned the post in 1860, in the face of a growing American presence, and headed for Canada.Eventually, the community lost track of the precise locations of both forts sites: the one built in 1825 and the relocated version that now is a national park.last_img read more

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At Boston Marathon bombing anniversary local Muslims host blood drive

first_imgAysha Khan ayshabkhan Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Photos of the Week Tagsblood drive Boston Marathon bombings charity homepage featured Islam Muslim service,You may also like Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Wild Church founder Victoria Loorz finds resurrection on Easter and Earth Day News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! News • Photos of the Week Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,BOSTON (RNS) – Six years after the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, a local mosque continues to host an annual blood drive in honor of those affected by the terror attack.Monday’s 123rd running of the Boston Marathon marked the sixth anniversary of the attack, which left three people dead and more than 260 injured, as well as the first time the marathon was run on the exact anniversary of the bombing. At 2:49 p.m. — six years to the moment when the first bomb exploded at the finish line – the Boston Athletic Association held a moment of silence, and the bells at nearby Old South Church were rung.Days after the race, as they have for six years, members of the Baitun Nasir Mosque in suburban Sharon, Massachusetts, collected more than 30 blood donations on Friday at Boston City Hall.“(Our community) holds this special blood drive every year to honor those affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy, help humanity and to emphasize true Islam’s teaching regarding the sanctity of life,” organizer Nasir Rana said.“We want to tell the people that the only blood Muslims shed is to help humanity,” he said.The blood donations will help patients at Boston Children’s Hospital, which partnered with the mosque for the drive.“I feel really good doing it, especially to help the kids who are sick,” said Alia Mahmud, who donated blood for the first time and says she brought her two children to show them “that it’s important to help people.”Safdar Mahmud, her husband, is a social studies teacher at a local charter school.“It’s one thing to teach students about civic duty, and another to model that civic duty for them to learn to be better citizens and leaders in our community,” he said after donating blood.The project is part of the nationwide Muslims For Life campaign, which organizers say has collected more than 60,000 pints of blood and helped save more than 160,000 lives since 2010, to honor victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Baitun Nasir has hosted Sept. 11 anniversary blood drives at local police departments for years.Immediately after the bombings shook the city, Rana said, they began brainstorming ways to extend the effort to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon attack.The resulting blood drive, held on the six-month anniversary of the bombing, included high-profile attendees, including the city’s mayor, police commissioner, state representatives as well as now-Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.Tom Grilk, CEO of the Boston Athletic Association, the group responsible for organizing the Boston Marathon each year, also attended.“It was symbolic of the fact that in tragedy people can come together, people who care can come together,” Grilk said of the blood drives in a speech to the community last year. “The blood drives stood for the proposition that we are all of us one community in the eyes of God, and that we are never better than when we remember that.” By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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Decomposed body of aged man found inside Garfa house

first_imgKolkata: Tension spread at Pratapgarh area in Garfa after a decomposed body of an aged person was found inside a house on Mahalaya.The neighbours identified the deceased as Nantu Pal, alias Santu (52). No foul play could be detected as till the last report came in. According to locals, Pal’s wife and their only son left the home a few days ago over some family disputes. The neighbours often used to hear sounds of altercations from Pal’s house. A few days ago, the situation got heated up that made his wife and son leave the house. Since then, he used to leave alone in the house. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that the neighbours did not see Pal for the last couple of days. As Pal was depressed after his wife and son left, the neighbours did not doubt anything. On Monday morning, some of the locals found foul smell coming out from Pal’s house. They went to his house and found the door locked from inside. Some of them called Pal but there was no response. Immediately, Garfa Police Station was informed. A team from Garfa Police Station went there and broke the main door to gain access inside the house. As police entered the house, they found Pal’s body lying on the floor. According to an assumption by the police, Pal might have died at least 4 days ago. The body was immediately recovered and sent for an autopsy. A case over Pal’s unnatural death has been initiated. No foul play could be suspected.last_img read more

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Colin Kentucky has produced zero NBA alltime greats Video

first_imgNo basketball program in the country has had more success adapting to the one-and-done era of the college game than Kentucky under John Calipari. Lexington has become the closest thing to an NBA factory in the nation, with an assembly line backed up with 5-star one-and-dones headed for the league.The Pelicans are now Kentucky South following the addition of DeMarcus Cousins, who will team up with All-Star MVP Anthony Davis in the Big Easy. Colin isn’t thrilled with the move because he thinks Cousins has proven to be a toxic locker room presence, despite his immense talent. Ultimately, the Pelicans have nothing to lose because they’re mired in NBA irrelevancy; so why not?.The hype surrounding the Cousins move also got Colin thinking about what Kentucky’s NBA imprint has been compared to other top programs. It’s not impressive.When compared to other historically great college basketball brands like North Carolina and UCLA, the Wildcats’ NBA resume is a joke. If you go through the list of all-time Bruins and Tar Heels greats, they not only have stacks of NBA titles, but also include some of the greatest players in the history of the game. They’ve got Jabbar, Worthy and Jordan. Who does Kentucky have? Jamal Mashburn? Pat Riley? Dan Issel?“It’s the University of Underwhelming at Lexington. I’ve got multiple busts, start with Sam Bowie. Multiple guys that couldn’t get their act together, even though they have all sorts of talent. Name your pick, DeMarcus Cousins, who is a profoundly gifted player.It has always been the one university in the empirical brands of college sports that hasn’t done it at the pro level. You can tell the NBA story without Kentucky.”Colin doesn’t even have Rasheed Wallace in his all-time UNC starting five, but he’d rank him ahead of anyone who’s played in Lexington.“Rasheed Wallace would be Kentucky’s best player ever in the pros.”Maybe one of the current Wildcats in the NBA will prove Colin wrong, and carry a team and win in the NBA, but they haven’t done it yet. He’s still waiting.Here’s Colin’s full rant, today in The Herd:University of Underwhelming at Lexington@ColinCowherd doubles down on Kentucky players disappointing in the NBA pic.twitter.com/4fK9VFntFo— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 20, 2017last_img read more

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Google Glass Gets a HighFashion Makeover Still Looks Geeky

first_imgJune 3, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Image credit: Google Glass Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Google Glass is getting a high-fashion makeover courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg.Google unveiled a line of wearables (five new frames and eight shades in two distinct styles) created in collaboration with the fashion designer’s studio, DVF, early this morning. The line will be available through the Google Glass website and Net-a-Porter starting June 23, which means if you live in a tech hub like San Francisco or New York City, you’re undoubtedly going to see people rocking Google Glass DVF shades this summer.While this isn’t the first time Google has tried to transform Glass’s image from geeky to cool — back in the January, the company rolled out the Titanium Collection, a line of frames with a hipster-esque aesthetic – it’s a bolder, more high-profile attempt.Does it work? To varying degrees. Some of the DVF frames are subtle and would be cute on their own, but they do little to disguise the trademark cyborg-y bar that sits on the right side of each headpiece. Diane von Furstenberg may be onto something, however, with a pair of multi-colored wrap-around sunglasses. Frankly, they’re pretty hideous but that may work to their advantage; wear the garish shades, and it’s possible to imagine that passersby will notice their flash before they notice that they’re Glass. Step in the right direction, I guess?Related: Nerds Rejoice. Google Glass and Bitcoin, Together at Last.A pair of simple black sunglasses (with a matching black bar on the right side of the frame) is the most promising — the black on black sort-of-almost disguises the fact that you are wearing a computer on your face.This isn’t the last time we’ll see a line of Google Glass frames and shades designed by an outside company. In March, Google announced a strategic partnership with the Milan-headquartered eyewear company Luxottica to create Google Glass Ray-Ban and Oakley frames and shades that combine “high-end technology with avant-garde design.” No word yet on when Google Glass Ray-Bans will make their debut.Last month, Google Glass became available to everyone in the U.S. for $1,500. DVF frames and shades will cost slightly more: According to the Verge, DVF Glass shades will set you back $1,620 while DVF prescriptive lenses ring in at $1,725.Related: Would You Spend $1,500 on Google Glass?last_img read more

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The business management module supports the creation of charges, distribution of claims and receipt of payments. By deploying the entire system, Baptist leaders expect to dramatically improve performance. For example, rather than simply manage denials more effectively with the technology; Baptist business office staff should be able to eliminate denials completely. The entire billing cycle should be reduced from a fourteen-step process with multiple handoffs to a streamlined, efficient process in which the majority of the work takes place within the system in the background.The Horizon Enterprise Revenue Management solution also will enable Baptist to maximize its investment in McKesson’s clinical IT systems. Horizon Enterprise Revenue Management, together with McKesson’s Horizon Clinicals suite, helps enterprises to meet demands for improved clinical, operational and financial outcomes. As an “open” technology, the revenue management solution is said to connect to both McKesson and non-McKesson clinical technology. These connections make it possible to manage financial processes across all care settings and enables continuous medical necessity checking; coordinated care planning and case management; and collaboration of orders and scheduling. The solution also will enable Baptist to handle emerging revenue management requirements related to pay-for-performance and ICD-10. Horizon Enterprise Revenue Management will help Baptist focus even more keenly on performance improvement and prepare for potential economic stimulus incentives. The health system already leverages McKesson’s performance analytics technology, part of the complete Horizon Enterprise Revenue Management solution, to measure organizational performance and make evidence-based decisions. 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Vaping pilot causes plane to plummet after flipping wrong switch to air

first_imgVaping pilot causes plane to plummet after flipping wrong switch to air fan Tags: Plane Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img SEATTLE — So this just happened: an Air China co-pilot who was smoking an electronic cigarette in the cockpit caused the plane to drop nearly 20,000 feet after flipping what he thought was the switch for the air recycling fans.According to CNN, the unnamed co-pilot was trying to turn off the fans to prevent the vapour from spreading into the cabin. Instead, he flipped the wrong switches, causing a drop in oxygen levels that triggered altitude warnings just 30 minutes after takeoff.As a result, Air China flight CA106, which was en route from Hong Kong to Dalian, China last Tuesday, dropped from over 32,800 feet to 13,100 feet in less than nine minutes. In a video obtained by the Beijing News, oxygen masks are seen hanging from overhead compartments while a flight attendant walks down the aisle to check on passengers.In total, there were 153 passengers and nine crew members onboard the flight.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Multiple Chinese state media outlets reported that the plane eventually rose back to around 24,600 feet and continued to Dalian with a less-than-adequate oxygen level in the cabin.Qiao Yibin, a senior official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said that “severe punishment in accordance with laws and regulations” would be handed down. Air China fired the entire flight deck crew put forth a recommendation to CAAC to revoke the pilot’s licence upon completing its investigation. Monday, July 16, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Fly THAI and overnight in Bangkok FREE

first_imgSource = THAI Airways International – Perth THAI Free Stopover in Bangkok www.thaiairways.comFly THAI and overnight in Bangkok FREEFly Thai Airways International and claim a complimentary overnight stay in Bangkok, courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, staying at Dusit Thani Bangkok. This limited offer is valid for THAI travellers departing from Perth and completing their stopover in Bangkok by 30 September 2016.Follow these steps to claim the offer:Step One: Check the Terms & Conditions to see that this offer is right for you.Step Two: Book your trip with THAI to Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong or Philippines via your preferred travel agent or online at www.thaiairways.comStep Three: Register here with your details to claim your stopover voucher for Dusit Thani Bangkok.Step Four: Book the hotel quoting the allocated voucher number and get ready to go!Find out more about the hotel: Dusit Thani Bangkok Book additional hotel accommodation in Thailand or your destination here and book your arrival/departure transfers here.Are you a member of THAI’s award-winning Royal Orchid Plus, Frequent Flyer programme?   Earn miles for your trip and join here to claim bonus miles for joining.Register your details here to claim your Bangkok stopover voucher.Download your very own copy of the Free Stopover Flyer here:  FREE Bangkok stopover at Dusit Thani Bangkok ex PerthHurry this offer is for a limited time only! THAI Airways InternationalFREE stopover in Bangkok Tourism Authority of ThailandDiscover Thailand here Dusit Thani Bangkokcheck out your hotel here last_img read more

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