How London’s Southall became ‘Little Punjab’

first_imgWhen he opened for business in 1954, Pritam Singh Sangha could never have envisaged that he was kickstarting a consumer revolution that would establish the Asian corner shop in the British landscape, nor that Southall would become the country’s premier Asian town, dubbed Chota Punjab – Little Punjab.A gregarious man, Sangha (pictured below) was a well-known and popular figure. Not only did he own the only Indian shop in Southall, west London – and probably the country at the time – but he was also one of the first Punjabis to make the area his home, in 1951.Read it at The Guardian Related Itemslast_img

Indian Government Cancels Passports Of 33 NRIs For Abandoning Wives

first_imgThe government has cancelled passports of 33 non-resident Indians or NRIs for abandoning their wives, the Women and Child Development Ministry said Wednesday.The Integrated Nodal Agency (INA) made to look into the matter has been issuing Look-Out Circulars to absconding husbands in cases of NRI marriages and till now, 8 LoCs have been issued and 33 passports have been impounded by the External Affairs Ministry, a senior official said. The agency is chaired by secretary in the Women and Child Development Ministry, Rakesh Srivastava.Read it at Khaleej Times Related Itemslast_img

PH men’s baseball team escapes China in Asian Championships

first_imgThe Philippines improved to 2-0 in Group A while China slid to 1-1.The Filipinos dumped Pakistan, 11-0, in their opening game on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThey look to make it three in a row with another stunner against heavyweight South Korea on Thursday.A victory over the South Koreans will secure the Filipinos a spot in the Super Round a feat that they weren’t able to do in the tournament’s previous edition two years ago. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Philippines in the 2019 BFA Asian Baseball Championship. PHOTO/BFA WEBSITEMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines continued its strong start, this time, pulling off a Houdini act in a 1-0 squeaker over China in the 2019 BFA Asian Baseball Championship Tuesday at Taichung Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan.The Nationals leaned on the solid performances by pitchers Romeo Jasmin and Miguel Salud to slip past a China side ranked 13 spots higher than the No. 33 Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Column: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron James brand Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

Avalue launches Intel Coffee Lake rugged fanless embedded system

first_img Continue Reading Previous Lattice: flexible connectivity for industrial vision with new CrossLink reference designNext Tuxera brings VelocityFS to SYSGO’s PikeOS for exceptional automotive data handling Avalue Technology unveils the latest rugged system equipped with the 8th/ 9th generation Intel Coffee Lake 6-Core for rugged applications, such as automation, machine vision, harsh environment and so on. EPS-CFS with lower power CPU, high performance and cost effective is suitable for use in different high performance-oriented applications and scenarios.EPS-CFS features 8th/ 9th generation Intel Coffee Lake Core i7/i5/i3 and Celeron Processors with Intel Q370/H310 Express Chipset and supports one 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM Up to 16GB DDR4 2400/2666MHz SDRAM. Extensive I/O support including 2 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.2, 2 x RS-232, 2 x Antenna Mounting Hole, 1 x 8-Bit GPIO, 1 x mSATA, 2 x 2.5” Drive Bay (Internal). EPS-CFS supports 2 x HDMI supports up to 4096×2304 @ 30Hz. For expansion ports, EPS-CFS comes with 1 x mPCIe Socket for USB and factory option. EPS-CFS is able to install two 2.5” drive bay, with the RAID 0/1 function is good for big capacity and the backup. Two Giga Ethernet Port is able to connect to IP camera, with the 8th Coffee Lake 6-Core Powerful Core-i Processor are talent made for machine vision.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

KKR vs CSK, IPL 2019 broadcast: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings Live Streaming

first_imgIn the backdrop of MS Dhoni’s on-field argument with umpires, Chennai Super Kings will start as overwhelming favourites when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League clash at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.Chennai captain Dhoni was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the umpires during their encounter against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday.Former cricketers came down heavily on India’s two-time World Cup winning captain, saying Dhoni’s act set a wrong precedent.Chennai went on to win the match, their sixth victory in seven outings as they gunned down a modest 152 run target in a dramatic final over.Coming to the hosts, KKR have lost two games in a row now, and there are chinks in the armour which skipper Dinesh Karthik needs to fix as soon as possible.In their first meeting, KKR were swept aside by Chennai and another defeat on Sunday would not help their cause as other teams are fast catching up on the second spot.KKR have injury and sickness issues too with Chris Lynn and Karthik suffering from flu, Sunil Narine injured and Andre Russell also picking up a niggle.Russell has been the team’s go-to man and his possible absence might hurt the home team big.KKR lost to Delhi Capitals on Friday night with Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant making short work of their bowlers. One good sign is Shubman Gill hitting form after he was asked to open the batting. Now it remains to be seen whether the 19-year-old is given another shot at his favoured position or not with the team having plenty of them to stake a claim.advertisementWhere will the IPL 2019 match between KKR and CSK be played?The IPL 2019 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata from 4 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between KKR and CSK live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between KKR and CSK?You can follow our coverage here – & are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between KKR and CSK?Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, K.C. Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K.M. Asif, Deepak Chahar, N. Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleign.Also See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi Shastri

first_imgTeam India are all set to depart for England on Tuesday night for what will be their biggest test as they bid to reclaim the ICC World Cup for the third time. All hopes are pinned on captain Virat Kohli to lead the team to glory and capture his first ICC trophy at the helm of affairs in Indian cricket.The 15 Indian players along with the support staff and reserve players will be departing for London tonight. Captain Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri addressed the media in Mumbai before their departure where they answered a host of tough questions but both sounded confident of bringing the World Cup back home.”Kedar will come with the side and as far this tournament is concerned its an opportunity. If you look at this team and what they have done over the last 5 years, they have played wonderful cricket. Like Virat said, it’s about striving for that consistency. And not playing any differently just because its a World Cup.”World Cup might be a stage but stage is to be enjoyed. Most important thing is get out there and enjoy it. And if you play to potential, that Cup might be here,” head coach Ravi Shastri said.It’s a packed house here at the BCCI HQ – #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli & Coach @RaviShastriOfc address the media before they head to England for #CWC19 (@BCCI) May 21, 2019India have a terrific record in the World Cup having won the showpiece event twice in 1983 and 2011. Out of 75 matches played in the World Cup, India have won 46 games and lost 27 times with two no results.advertisementThe last World Cup in 2015 saw Team India crashing out of the tournament in the semi-finals stage after they were outplayed by eventual champions Australia under Michael Clarke.But this time around, Kohli’s team is being touted as one of the three favourites to lift the cup alongside hosts England and Australia.Unlike in the past where the team relied more on its batsmen to win matches, this time Team India is heading into the tournament with probably the strongest bowling line-up it has ever fielded.While Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni form the backbone of the batting lineup, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the fast-bowling attack in the pace-friendly conditions in England.Experts though have predicted the pitches in England to be batting-friendly this time but the Indian team has all bases covered with a bowling attack suited for all conditions.In Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the team has arguably the strongest spin-bowling attack among all other nations. Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar are the two medium-pace bowling all-rounders while Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav are the spin-bowling all-rounders.The team has the option to pick a combination which can bat deep thanks to the likes of Pandya and Jadeja if the need arises.With a billion hopes pinned on the 15 players, the pressure will be immense on Kohli’s team but they have enough experience and firepower to beat all the other teams and lift the trophy on July 14. It will be however, easier said than done.last_img read more

India have come a long way since Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan have not

first_img Ajay Tiwari ManchesterJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 20:17 IST India have dominated Pakistan in all seven matches at the World Cup till date (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSince the Champions Trophy 2017 final, Pakistan’s winning percentage in ODIs is a mere 38.10Pakistan haven’t been able to defeat India in the World Cup in 7 attemptsIndia have won 77.78 per cent of their away matches since the Champions Trophy 2017 finalIndia vs Pakistan – ‘Mother of all battles’, ‘clash of clashes’, ‘Match of the World Cup’, ‘Sport’s biggest rivalry’ and what not! The build-up to any cricket match between the two nations is often littered with such hyperbole that if one were to follow the media coverage with every passing minute, (s)he could be forgiven for thinking that an actual military battle was on the cards, rather than a game of cricket. But India’s 7th successive win in World Cups over Pakistan on Sunday seems to have burst the bubble of this highly anticipated tie.Since the time the two teams met for the 1st time on the biggest stage during the 1992 edition, India vs Pakistan is an eagerly awaited game. Given the strained relations between the two countries and the lack of such games in recent times, the enormous build-up is understandable. The problem: India vs Pakistan invariably fails to live up to the billing.The way Pakistan fell apart against India in Manchester on Sunday was especially instructive of the above fact. Having leaked 336 runs after opting to field first, the Pakistan batsmen didn’t show any signs of urgency during the chase while going at a snail-paced run-rate. As if on cue, wickets started falling as soon as the required run-rate crossed 8 and Pakistan seemed to have resigned to their fate – nowadays, there is a clear favourite in India vs Pakistan contests and it’s not Pakistan.Pakistan’s solitary moment of glory against India in recent memory came at The Oval during the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy, when they emerged victorious by a huge margin of 180 runs. But since then, it has frankly been a no-contest between the rivals. The die is loaded so much in favour of India, that Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, when asked if the Indo-Pak rivalry has fizzled out over the years, replied: “We are not handling pressure well. The team that handles pressure in these games win. The Pakistan teams of the 90’s, used to enjoy upper hand but now India is better than Pakistan. That’s why they win matches.”advertisement”I think our whole team is not performing well in all three departments”Pakistan captain #SarfarazAhmed talks about the disappointment of losing to India in their #CWC19 clash yesterday. World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 17, 2019Is Pakistan really not a good team anymore? Stats say yes. Since the CT 2017 final, Pakistan’s winning percentage in ODIs is a mere 38.10, which pales in comparison to India’s 71.93. The difference is even more glaring when you look at the teams’ away record – while India have won 77.78% of their away games in this intervening period, Pakistan have won just 33.33% of their away matches.India owe their success in a good measure to it’s famed batting line-up, especially their top-3 – Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. In the batting department, Pakistan’s top 5 batsmen in the last 2 years have hit 13 centuries to India’s 35. Rohit Sharma alone has hit 100 sixes, which is 22 more than the combined efforts of Pakistan’s best five.Having a newly born daughter in my life actually has put me in a good placeRohit Sharma, who smashed a century against Pakistan in #CWC19 yesterday, speaks about the current phase in his life and enjoying his cricket. World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 17, 2019Rohit, Shikhar and Virat have been so phenomenal in the last 2 years that they are currently the best top-3 across the world. While Pakistan are only slightly ahead of India in terms of the average opening partnership, the Indian trio steal the show with an average stand of 70 amongst them (while posting 15 century partnerships to Pakistan’s 10), as compared to Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam’s average of 56.But Pakistan, at least in the modern period, have not been known for their batting. India vs Pakistan has always been billed as a clash of India’s batsmen against Pakistan’s bowlers. What is most troublesome for Pakistan is the fact that their bowling too is not anywhere near their best and it is reflected in the numbers. Pakistan’s top-5 bowlers since CT 2017 have a higher Average (29.64), Strike-Rate (34.16) and Economy (5.22) when compared to their Indian counterparts (Avg 28.29, SR 33.58, Eco 4.99). The inconsistency of strike-bowlers Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan hasn’t helped the team’s cause either.Dominant.#CWC19 | #INDvPAK (@ICC) June 17, 2019Apart from bowling and batting, another aspect of the game where Pakistan lag behind not just India, but most top-tier teams, is their fitness and fielding standards. India themselves have graduated from an average fielding unit until the early 2000s to a slimmer, fitter and well oiled fielding side under captain Virat Kohli. On the other hand, as seen in Manchester yesterday, Pakistan players still seem to be living in the last millenium, lacking awareness in the field (missed an early run-out chance of Rohit Sharma), allowing quick singles (while not going for them while batting) and more than a few burgeoning midriffs on display.advertisementOn a big day, India’s big-name batsmen delivered. Here are their best shots! #INDvPAK #CWC19 #TeamIndia (@ICC) June 16, 2019All of this essentially means that India-Pakistan matches are now slowly but increasingly turning into no-contests instead of the high-octane clashes they are often predicted to be. Does this mean that there will be any less excitement before the teams meet during the Asia Cup next year? Considering the lack of cricket between the teams and the huge profit-margins involved for all the stakeholders involved, probably not.(Stats courtesy Data Intelligence Unit)Also Read | Virat Kohli shares throwback picture after emphatic win over PakistanAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar slams ‘brainless captain’ Sarfaraz AhmedAlso Read | Stop jumping around at Wagah Border and perform on field: Akhtar to Hasan AliAlso Read | Kuch fitness nai, kuch nai: Pakistan fans blame burger for defeat to IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019Follow Champions Trophy 2017Follow Virat KohliFollow Rohit Sharma No data available! scorecard view more view less commentary graphs Next India have come a long way since Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan have notIndia vs Pakistan World Cup 2019: India are a dangerous cricket unit – ruthless, efficient and professional. Pakistan, on the other hand, have barely made any progress since their victory in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy. advertisementlast_img read more

Nova Scotia Promoting in Milwaukee

first_imgNova Scotia tourism and culture representatives are at the Milwaukee Irish Fest again this year to promote Nova Scotia as a great place to visit and experience Celtic music and culture. Nova Scotia was a major attraction at last year’s festival and received rave reviews from the 130,000 people in attendance. Known as the largest Irish festival in the world, the Milwaukee Irish Fest takes place this year from today, Aug. 16 to Sunday, Aug. 19. “It’s incredible to see the impact the province’s Celtic music has on festival goers and the powerful impression Nova Scotia makes in their hearts and minds,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We’re very excited to be returning to the Irish Fest and promoting Nova Scotia again this year.” A Nova Scotia booth, staffed by four visitor information centre staff from across the province, will be the focal point of the promotion. Visitors will be able to pick up everything they need to plan a trip to Nova Scotia, including a CD version of the Doers and Dreamers Guide and information on festivals and events, outdoor adventures, cultural activities, golf and dining. Staff will also promote the new direct flight operating between nearby Chicago and Halifax. With performances by the Barra MacNeils and Evans and Doherty at this year’s Irish Fest, there will also be a special emphasis on the province’s Celtic music and crafts at the Nova Scotia booth. Staff will hand out business cards that allow free downloading of Celtic music from the Nova Scotia tourism website,, and particular attention will be given to events like the Celtic Colours International Festival. Brightly coloured foam lobsters will also be given away to visually reinforce Nova Scotia’s presence at the festival. The promotion in Milwaukee is part of the 2007 tourism plan that includes an increased focus on cultural tourism and new markets that have nearby direct air access to Nova Scotia. It complements similar promotions held earlier in the year in Ottawa and Boston.last_img read more

Taliban launch massive attack on Afghan city

first_imgKabul: The Taliban have launched a new largescale attack on one of Afghanistan’s main cities, Kunduz, and taken hospital patients as hostages, the government said Saturday, even as the insurgent group continued negotiations with the United States on ending America’s longest war. The militants, who have demanded that all foreign forces leave Afghanistan, now control or hold sway over roughly half of the country and are at their strongest since their 2001 defeat by a U.S.-led invasion. Presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said Afghan security forces were repelling the attack in parts of the city, a strategic crossroads with easy access to much of northern Afghanistan as well as the capital, Kabul, about 200 miles (335 kilometers) away. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Taliban were in control of the Kunduz hospital and both sides in the fighting had casualties, provincial council member Ghulam Rabani Rabani told The Associated Press. He could not give an exact number. The militants had taken hospital patients as hostages, defense ministry spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai told reporters in Kabul. He did not say how many. “We could very easily attack but we don’t want civilian casualties,” he said. Hospital officials could not immediately be reached. The spokesman asserted that 26 Taliban fighters had been killed in an airstrike but did not mention any casualties among civilians or Afghan security forces. The Taliban launched the “massive attack” from several different points around the city overnight, said Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, spokesman for the provincial police chief. “I can confirm that intense gun battles are going on around the city, but the Taliban have not been able to overrun any security checkpoint,” he said. Reinforcements had arrived and Afghan air forces were supporting ground forces, Hussaini said.last_img read more

Questions ahead as feds pave way for more on service dogs for

first_imgOTTAWA – Heads turn and smiles break out as the four veterans make their way through the Bayshore mall in Ottawa’s west end one recent Tuesday morning. But it isn’t just the men that the shoppers are watching: it’s also their dogs.A little-noticed promise in the most recent federal budget has sparked applause and sighs of relief from veterans across Canada dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological trauma.The commitment was to add “psychiatric service dogs” to the list of medical items that Canadians can claim as a tax credit on income-tax forms, as is already the case with guide dogs for the blind.The move follows the recent results of a government-commissioned study that indicated — as many veterans and advocacy groups had long claimed — that dogs can go a long way in helping those suffering from invisible injuries.“He lowers my anxiety. He gets me out of the house,” says Dwayne Sawyer of his service dog, a golden Labrador named Rex who has been helping the 22-year veteran with his PTSD.Rex sits at Sawyer’s feet as shoppers walk by.“I have to look after him, which makes me have to get up and do stuff. Prior to that, I wasn’t getting out of bed. And if we’re in a mall situation and he can feel my anxiety, he gets really cuddly and he gets right up into me.”Yet the answer to one big question is still being worked on: What, precisely, qualifies as a psychiatric service dog?The idea of using service dogs to treat and support veterans and others suffering from PTSD has been around for a few years, but was largely disregarded by the federal government until May 2014.That is when then-veterans affairs minister Julian Fantino pledged up to $500,000 for a two-and-a-half year study to assess the benefits — and risks — of such dogs, with an eye to whether their use should be encouraged and expanded.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press show the study was delayed because of “recruitment and retention issues of both trained psychiatric service dogs and veterans,” but a preliminary report was recently published.The findings: Three months after they were obtained, service dogs were found to have “some positive effects” on veterans’ ability to sleep as well as to manage their PTSD and depression.The study could not confirm whether service dogs were linked to improved quality of life or more movement in the community, but the overall results were nonetheless deemed “really promising.”A final report is expected this summer, but the Trudeau government opted not to wait and instead promised in last month’s budget to expand the medical expense tax credit to include psychiatric service dogs.“The efficacy study has still not been concluded, but it looks really good and enough veterans have told us what a difference this makes to them,” Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan said in an interview.“PTSD is something that we are all still literally getting our heads around, but you build up a critical enough mass of veterans who are saying this is making such a difference to them, we’ll go with it.”But there was another thing the government decided it didn’t need to wait for, even though veterans and trainers are the first to say it will pose a challenge: developing a national standard for the service dogs.That effort, which covers all types of service canines including guide dogs and those for children with autism, has been in the works almost three years — and proven controversial and divisive.The concern is that dogs that aren’t properly trained will misbehave in public, including jumping at people or otherwise disrupting businesses and making it more difficult for legitimate owners to be accepted.“You’ve got dogs coming in that aren’t necessarily safe,” said Danielle Forbes, executive director of National Service Dogs in Cambridge, Ont., which is accredited by Assistance Dogs International.“We get calls from businesses all the time wanting to know what their rights are because they’ve got a dog threatening their staff or their other customers.”There is also the fear that fake breeders will take advantage of veterans and others, who can expect to shell out thousands of dollars for a trained service dog unless they are lucky enough to be supported by a local organization.Alberta and British Columbia have adopted their own standards, which a dog must meet before those provinces issue a card that lets owners take the service animal into businesses and other places.The federal government has been working on a national service-dog standard for nearly three years, but it has so far failed to come up with an acceptable framework.A first draft released by the Canadian General Standards Board was greeted with anger and frustration from various segments of the community, but especially guide-dog users and the schools that train them.They argued the proposed rules would force schools to either change their time-tested training programs or possibly stop serving Canadian students altogether. Others felt the draft was too broad and tried to do too many things.“Each organization, let’s say the service dog for epilepsy, they want their own thing. The service dogs for the blind, they want their own thing,” said Serge Lemieux, vice-president of the Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit in Ottawa.“So it’s becoming so wide and broad that it was difficult to keep it in scope. Once they can define the requirement of what service dogs are, what they provide, and agree on the document, then I think we can move forward.”A second draft has been developed and consultations are planned for this summer, and most are hoping for a better result this time around, especially given the need; Lemieux said his organization has 40 veterans waiting for a dog.Sawyer is only too happy to have found Rex through the Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit. And he hopes the government’s plan to give tax credits for such dogs makes them more accessible to other veterans in need.“He’s my buddy. He’s the reason why I wake up in the morning and get out of the house,” said Sawyer. “So what the government’s done, that’s amazing. I think it’s a great initiative, a great step forward.”last_img read more

Tribal land known for waterfalls wont allow tour guides

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Reservations open soon for tourists eager to snag a camping spot in an Arizona gorge known for its blue-green waterfalls.None of the spots will be available to tour guides.The Havasupai (hav-uh-SU’-peye) Tribe decided against issuing licenses to outfitters this year. That means anyone who wants to visit the tribe’s land must bring their own food and gear.Tribal spokeswoman Abbie Fink says the decision wasn’t prompted by anything in particular. She says the tribe wants to handle all tourist traffic.The remote reservation deep in a gorge outside Grand Canyon National Park has become increasingly popular because of social media.Spots at the campground sell out within minutes of opening up Feb. 1.Booking through a tour company had been another option for years.Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press read more

Security Council speaks out against todays deadly blasts in Iraqi capital

Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Government offices, along with diplomatic missions, were among the buildings hit in the blasts. Today’s explosions coincided with the anniversary of the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing, which killed the head of the UN Mission in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello and claimed the lives of nearly two dozen other staff members. The Council, in a press statement, “took this sad occasion to reiterate their strong support and appreciation for the humanitarian work of the UN and its staff in Iraq.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in an address marking the first-ever World Humanitarian Day, also deplored today’s attacks, saying that he was saddened that violence persists in Iraq . The 15-member Council today also underscored the need to bring those behind such “reprehensible acts of terrorism” to justice, calling on all nations for their support. “The members of the Security Council reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse a path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Iraq , which is supported by the people and the Government of Iraq and the international community.” 19 August 2009The Security Council today condemned the deadly series of terrorist blasts in Baghdad that have killed nearly 100 people and taken place on the sixth anniversary of the bombing of the United Nations offices in the Iraqi capital. read more

Sudan Security Council studies assessment report ahead of meeting on Darfur

UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today at UN Headquarters that the report, which examines implementation of the Council’s latest resolution on Sudan, has been circulated to the members – but not officially made public – ahead of tomorrow’s open meeting on Darfur.At Thursday’s meeting Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, will brief the Council on the situation in Darfur following his visit last week to the troubled region.More than 1.2 million people are internally displaced within Darfur and another 200,000 Sudanese live as refugees in Chad because of attacks by the Janjaweed militias and fighting between the Government and two rebel groups.On 30 July the Council adopted Resolution 1556, which stated it may take action against Khartoum under Article 41 of the UN Charter if the authorities do not show after 30 days that they are fulfilling earlier promises to the UN to disarm the Janjaweed and restore security.Article 41 measures include unspecified economic penalties and the severing of diplomatic relations. The Council’s 30-day deadline expired on Monday.Speaking outside the Council, which is holding consultations today, Sudanese Ambassador Elfatih Mohamed Ahmed Erwa told journalists his Government was “on the right track” and had done “lots of things” to improve the humanitarian and security situation in Darfur.Ambassador Erwa said Khartoum has no problem with more African Union (AU) troops being deployed to monitor the ceasefire in Darfur, but added that the situation would be “complicated” if the AU troops were mandated to disarm the parties.He said that only the peace talks currently taking place in Abuja, Nigeria, between Khartoum and the two rebel groups will solve the political problems in Darfur.In other developments on Sudan:The World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for $12 million to expand a special feeding programme for malnourished refugees living in camps in eastern Chad. The agency said the effort will target children under five as well as pregnant women and nursing mothers.Violent clashes continue to be reported in Darfur’s three states, and most internally displaced persons (IDPs) remain reluctant to return to their home villages, Radhia Achouri, a spokesperson for Mr. Pronk, told reporters in Khartoum.Regarding the separate civil war in the south of Africa’s largest nation, the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) agreed during peace talks being held in Naivasha, Kenya, to extend their current ceasefire until 30 November. read more

Draw for European Cups 18 Finals Hypo in Leverkusen – Zaječar VS

Women´s Challenge Cup Last 16 pairings:ŽRK Kumanovo (MKD) vs ŽRK Zrinjski Mostar (BIH)Spartak Kiev (UKR) vs HBC Nimes (FRA)ABU Baku (AZE) vs AZS Politechnika Koszalin (POL)KSS Kielce (POL) vs Mios Biganos Bassin D’Arcachon (FRA)Sokol Písek (CZE) vs DHK Baník Most (CZE)FETA EPIRUS Anagennisi Artas (GRE) vs Üsküdar B.S.K. (TUR)ŽRK Maks-Sport-Nova Pazova (SRB) vs Fantasyland Samobor (CRO)VS Succes Schoonmaak/VOC Amsterdam (NED) vs H 65 Höör (SWE) Draw for the Women’s European Cups 1/8 Final was held in Vienna:Women´s EHF Cup Last 16 pairings:Astrakhanochka (RUS) vs WHC Radnički Kragujevac (SRB)Cankaya Bel. Anka Spor K. (TUR) vs Grupo Asfi Itxako Navarra (ESP)Tertnes Bergen (NOR) vs HAC Handball (FRA)H.C. Zalau (ROU) vs Juve Lis (POR)ZRK Vardar SCBT (MKD) vs HC “Kuban” Krasnodar (RUS)Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN) vs Lada (RUS)FC Midtjylland (DEN) vs RK GEN-I Zagorje (SLO)Metz Handball (FRA) vs KGHM Metraco Zaglebie Lubin (POL) ← Previous Story Women’s EHF Champions League draw: Gyori, Larvik, Buducnost in the same group Next Story → Over 15.000 votes for the Best Player and Coach – 10 days left Women´s Cup Winners´ Cup Last 16 pairings:HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO) vs Váci NKSE (HUN)Byåsen Trondheim (NOR) vs HC Leipzig (HUN)WHC Metalurg (MKD) vs Thüringer HC (GER)Hypo NÖ (AUT) vs TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)Stabaek Handball (NOR) vs Issy Paris Hand (FRA)Vistal Łączpol Gdynia (POL) vs Balonmano Bera Bera (ESP)Rostov-Don (RUS) vs Team Esbjerg (DEN)Dinamo Volgograd (RUS) vs RK Zaječar (SRB) read more

Stay away from the coast Warnings issued as storm expected to hit

first_img“The public should be extremely careful when venturing out in such conditions — they should check the weather forecast and remain away from exposed areas.” Winds of up to 130km are forecast for today in counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick. Meanwhile, a ‘yellow alert’ wind warning is in place for all of Leinster, as well as Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.Anyone planning on travelling today is being advised to take heed of local forecasts, and to check out the Road Safety Authority’s advice on driving in stormy conditions.Map showing he expected swell off the Atlantic coast at noon. More details here. [Image: Magic Seaweed]In addition, the Coast Guard is warning that owners of small vessels and fishing vessels should seek shelter and secure them properly with moorings.High tide for Galway this afternoon is at 12.42pm — tide times for the rest of the affected area can be checked here.If you do see someone in difficulty at the sea, or lakes or rivers contact the Coast Guard on 999 or 112. Read: Orange alert: Coastal flood warning as 130km winds set to sweep countryPictures: More flooding in Galway, Cork & Waterford as stormy weather continues WITH THE WORST of this weekend’s stormy conditions set to hit today, the Irish Coast Guard has issued a warning to members of the public to stay away from exposed coastal areas.An ‘orange alert’ wind warning issued yesterday by Met Éireann remains in place for the West, North-west and Co Kerry.The strong winds are set to combine with high seas, leading to an increased risk of flooding, especially along coasts — with the risk at its highest this afternoon and tonight.People are being urged not to go out on exposed coasts, cliffs, piers, harbour walls, beaches, promenades or any other coastal areas during the storm.“Huge waves can be whipped up by high seas. These waves can pose hazards to anyone close to the shoreline,” Coast Guard manager Declan Geoghegan said.last_img read more

Poll Should women be paid to be surrogates

first_img Poll Results: No, money shouldn’t be involved (2393) Yes, it should be an option (654) THE GOVERNMENT IS going to bring in a law making it illegal for women to be paid to be a surrogate mother.The Sunday Business Post reports that the new rules will allow for surrogacy – where a woman carries a baby and subsequently gives it up – but that no money will be allowed to change hands.What do you think? Should women who choose to be surrogates be paid? Yes, it should be an optionNo, money shouldn’t be involvedVotelast_img

Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7 handset status website alongside copy paste update

first_imgOne of the major frustrations for users of Android smartphones is the lack of updates their phone network and phone manufacturer provides. Whether you gain access to the latest versions of the Android OS is completely out of your hands.Microsoft is now facing similarly frustrated users waiting for Windows Phone 7 to get updated, and in particular when it will get copy and paste functionality. But Microsoft has decided to do something about it and is launching the Where’s my phone update? website.Microsoft say they understand that it’s frustrating knowing an update is coming, or is available, but there’s no information on when a particular phone will get that update. Where’s my phone update? aims to solve that problem by listing individual handsets and telling you what stage updates are at for each one.Here’s the current table for U.S. handsets:An update can be in three different states: testing, scheduling, or delivering. Testing means the update is in the process of being tested and modified if necessary to get it to work with specific phone hardware. Scheduling means it’s ready to go and the phone will have it available inside of 10 days. Finally there’s delivering, which is where long delays can occur. Even though an update gets released they are delivered in batches, so it could be several weeks before your phone gets the update message appearing, where as your friend with the same phone could get it tomorrow.As we have previously reported, the good news is that Microsoft has started rolling out the copy and paste update to specific handsets. The first to get it this week is open market phones, these are the phones not customized for operators. After that specific phones will be targeted and that’s when you need to look at the Where’s my phone update? table for your region of the world.The March 2011 update includes the following features and updates:Copy and paste functionalityFaster starting games and appsImproved search on MarketplaceMarketplace improvements (stability, better large app download experience, app sharing)Wi-Fi improvements (MAC address shown in settings)Outlook update (better non-Exchange e-mail support)Improved MMS supportFacebook intergration improvementsCamera and video stability improvementImproved Bluetooth headset supportHandset specific performance improvementsRead more at Windows Phone Bloglast_img read more

Major Nelson unboxes the Xbox One

first_imgThe Xbox One console has already had a lot of coverage focusing on the hardware and Microsoft has shared many a high resolution image of the machine. But today they’ve decided to go one better and asked Major Nelson to put together an unboxing video which you can watch below.The Xbox One Major Nelson unboxes is actually the Day One edition. It includes everything you’d expect including the console itself, Kinect sensor, wireless Xbox controller, power cord, power brick, headset (which now looks to be a standard feature for every Xbox One that ships), and owner’s manual. It’s also nice to see a 4K-rated HDMI included as standard and an Xbox One sticker for good measure. As this is the Day One edition you also get a message printed on the front of the controller and the D-pad is set in chrome.The video gives us a close up view of the console and ports available on the back and side. It also introduces us to the very nice power button, which looks like it is a touch sensitive area on the casing that lights up white when the console is powered on. It looks really nice, but I hope it isn’t too bright and distracting like those LED lights can be on the front of some Blu-ray and DVD players.The only thing not in the box of the Day One edition is of course the digital exclusive you are entitled to download. And don’t forget, if you pre-order Xbox Live Gold for the Xbox One you also get a free download copy of Killer Instinct to play.last_img read more

The Punisher is the Adaptation the Character Deserves

first_img Netflix Cancels Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher”The Punisher’ Season 2 Trailer Teases Frank Castle’s Masked Enemy Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img It certainly took a long time, but we finally have it. A live-action Punisher that truly lives up to the comic it’s based on. No more do we have to sit through Thomas Jane or Ray Stevenson or Dolph Lundgren. Oh yeah, that one existed. It wasn’t just a bad dream. All three of those Punisher movies might as well be bad dreams now though, because Marvel and Netflix have given us a definitive onscreen Frank Castle. One that treats the character with way more nuance than we ever thought an adaptation could. One that takes this brooding, monotone gun-toting mass murderer, and makes us genuinely feel for him. Does the series have its problems? Of course, it does. But that feat alone is a massive accomplishment.The Punisher is a character who is very hard to adapt. He is most interesting in the comics, because there he can run into anyone. He has plenty of great solo adventures over the years, but he typically works best as a reaction to/problem for other Marvel superheroes. He provides Spider-Man and the like with an interesting dilemma. Sure, he goes after bad guys, but he kills them. How do you deal with someone like that? That’s what made the first half of Daredevil’s second season so great. It was that dilemma played out over six episodes. The story would be even better with a superhero even more capable of taking Frank in, but most of them are in Marvel’s movies. They may exist in the same universe, but scheduling and tonal differences ensure they will never touch. The best we can hope for is if Luke Cage decides to come see what all those gunshots are about. That would make for a pretty great season, come to think of it. Hell, bring Iron Fist too. Let him try to take a swing at Frank. It’ll be funny.Jon Bernthal (Photo via Netflix)They couldn’t do that right away. As much as The Punisher is most interesting opposite a less lethal superhero, the show needed to establish Frank Castle’s story. They had to let us know who he was and where he comes from. Remember that this isn’t meant to be the final word on Jon Bernthal’s Punisher. This is the first season of a series Marvel hopes will have many more. There are tons of stories I’d like to see them tell with this character. I want to see “Means and Ends.” I want to see an adaptation of Garth Ennis’ MAX series. I really want to see the Punisher take on Ma Gnucci. But we’re not there yet. Hopefully, we’ll see all that stuff in future seasons, but for the first one, this was the story it needed to tell.The Punisher was a story about PTSD disguised as a conspiracy thriller. It was self-contained enough, and engrossing enough, that we never felt the need to ask where New York’s other superheroes are. From moment one, Castle is silently suffering from the trauma of everything he’s been through. He refuses to let himself deal with it by talking to anyone. Instead, he takes his frustrations out on a concrete wall and wonders why everything still hurts when he already disposed of the drug cartel that killed his family. The story really picks up when he discovers that he hasn’t. The cartel was a cover for what really happened. A man who went by Agent Orange back during Castle’s tour overseas did some real shady stuff in Kandahar. The drug cartel was a cover for the people who really carried out the attack on Castle’s family. So, he gets out his guns again. That must be why it still hurts. He hasn’t killed the people who are really responsible. Of course, by the end, he learns that’s not the case. And that’s what’s really remarkable about this first season. Frank grows. He changes. He’s still The Punisher at the end of all this, but he’s a different person for having gone through it all. He realizes he needs to talk about what he’s gone through. He realizes that he can help other veterans who are going through similar (though not quite as extreme) situations. How many superhero shows or movies can claim to do that?Michael Nathanson, Amber Rose Revah (Photo via Netflix)Not that it didn’t have its problems. Like a lot of these Marvel Netflix shows pacing is a huge issue. The show took a couple of episodes before we really got into the main plot. Even when we did, Castle’s objectives were small. A few episodes felt like a series of fetch quests, like Frank needed to level up before taking on the final boss. Only they weren’t even that coherent. The first half of the season didn’t feel like it was appreciably leading to anything. It was only around the sixth episode that we really got a sense of where it was all going. From that point on, the show straps you in and doesn’t let go. It’s not like the journey until that point was all bad. The path just wasn’t as clear as it should have been.The series also botched the Lewis Walcott story. It was so promising at first. He was a parallel to Frank. He too was affected by PTSD, haunted by nightmares of what he’d seen. He too was angry at the world. Only instead of taking it out on criminals, murderers and drug traffickers, he went deep into far-right politics. He became a terrorist, using bombs to take out anyone who disagreed with him or had a different view on gun control (I’ll come back to this part of the show later). Where the show succeeded with Lewis’ character was showing a path that Frank could have taken. He had just as much chance of becoming the Punisher as he did of becoming an actual terrorist. Where the show failed, was that the whole story felt tacked on. Like it was an afterthought. The resolution was so awkwardly placed, it felt like a distraction from the bigger story. We were tracking down Billy Russo and William Rawlins, but let’s pause that for a moment to deal with this angry kid. What makes it worse is that his ending was really well done. Told from multiple perspectives, it’s one of the best episodes of the season. That’s why it’s so frustrating that his story is immediately dropped after that. It feels inconsequential to the plot, and it could have been so much more. It’s also a missed opportunity. Lewis’ story would have been a perfect vehicle to talk about PTSD and how we let veterans with serious (mental and physical) health issues fall through the cracks. Instead, the show just wanted a secondary villain. And that’s all we got.Jason R. Moore, Daniel Webber (Photo via Netflix)For all its pacing issues, The Punisher had one storyline that was paced perfectly: Billy Russo’s. From the moment we met him, we were all sure he was up to something, but his story was a wondrous slow burn. It’s rare to see a show manage how we feel about a character this well, whether or not you’re familiar with the character in the comics. It made us grow incrementally more suspicious each episode until he finally made a full-on villain turn. Unlike with the Lewis Walcott story, The Punisher earned this one. His relationship with Frank only grew more fascinating the more we learned about it, and by the end, you wanted to see that guy suffer. And suffer he did. He might be the one enemy Frank didn’t kill, but he sure made the guy wish he was dead. Slicing off most of a dude’s face with broken glass and leaving him alive is a real messed up thing to do. It also ensures he’ll look like a comic book villain when he inevitably returns in season two.Ben Barnes (Photo via Netflix)Even though there was no way to get Frank interacting with superheroes this season, the show did do one important thing right: It made the story about the people around Frank. The first season of the TV show needed to establish what a solo Punisher story looked like, but there’s only so much time you can spend with a borderline sociopathic loner. Frank needs people around him to give him something to fight for and try to pull him back when he goes too far. Micro was the perfect foil to Frank as a man whose technical skills could enhance (and occasionally out-think) Frank’s tactical skills. He was the Spider-Man/Daredevil/whatever other superhero of this series. He was the one who needed Frank’s help but is seriously uncomfortable with how Frank does business. His friendship helps Frank keep one foot in the light this season. He also motivates Frank to act like a hero. Micro’s family is still alive; they just think he’s dead. Frank knows there’s no bringing his family back. Micro gives him the opportunity to make sure no one else suffers the same loss he did. That’s important for Frank’s growth as a character. Micro is another character that makes me glad the show took things as slowly as it did. It made us really care about him and his family. When they finally reunited near the end, I had a genuine emotional reaction. It didn’t quite make me cry, but it was in the ballpark. That’s something I never expected from The Punisher.Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Photo via Netflix)I was worried Karen Page would seem like an afterthought. Like a character who’s just here to establish some sense of continuity. Instead, she’s really important to the story. She’s the only one around who understands Frank. She’s rarely on board with the things she does, but as someone who’s been through her own trauma and carries a handgun. As a result, she sees where Frank’s coming from.That’s as good a segue as any to the elephant in the room. Gun control. After Marvel cancelled their New York Comic Con panel for this show due to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, it made a lot of people, me included, nervous. Would we even want to see a show where the hero’s “superpower” is gun violence? Honestly, if you look at it that way, there never is a good time to release a show about The Punisher. Sadly, mass shootings are part of American life, because we refuse to try anything to stop them. That’s not The Punisher’s fault, but it can put a damper on a good cinematic gunfight. Here’s my feeling. There are plenty of places where you can and should make an argument about guns and gun control. Movies and TV can certainly be one of them. (Remember Shoot ’em Up?) Not every movie involving guns has to, and The Punisher was under no obligation to take any kind of stand. We don’t wring our hands like this when John Wick comes out. Why are we so excited to watch Keanu Reeves shoot people, but don’t know what to think about Jon Bernthal doing it? Yes, at 13 hours, The Punisher is much longer, but I’m pretty sure John Wick shot a lot more people than Frank Castle. That’s actually the amazing thing here; I don’t think he actually shot that many people in this series. Stabbed them, hit them with a hammer, gouged their eyes out, sure. But make a list of his kills, and I think you’d be surprised at how few people he actually killed with a gun.Jon Bernthal, Deborah Ann Woll (Photo via Netflix)I think part of the problem here is that it tried to take a middling stance on gun control. That was its biggest misstep here. If the show had said absolutely nothing, we could look at it as another action movie. There really would be no difference between The Punisher’s action sequences and that last big scene of Commando. Instead, it introduced a pro-gun control senator. This was part of what made the Lewis Walcott story so disappointing. The show needed a target for Walcott to go after. That was this senator. But the show didn’t want to appear as though it was taking a stance. Wary of letting this conflict read as gun control=good, no gun control=bad, they make the senator as slimy and non-committal as possible. In a comic book adaptation full of well-realized three-dimensional characters, this senator is the most cartoonish. The Punisher tried to say something about gun control without offending anyone or turning anyone off. In doing so, it inserted itself in the middle of a national debate with nothing to say. That was a bad move.Even with all its flaw, I’m so happy we finally have a live-action Punisher that lives up to the comics. It’s easily one of the best Marvel Netflix series. It’s not as good as Jessica Jones, but it’s up there with the first season of Daredevil. It may take a while to get going, but once it does, it tells a thoroughly engaging story. And the action scenes were top-notch. It doesn’t have the long takes or bone-crunching hits of Daredevil, but it has its own distinctive style. It doesn’t shy away from the violence Frank causes. You see the result of his brutality in exacting detail. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t feel quite as distasteful as we feared it might. It doesn’t let you pretend that this violence is just fantasy. It’s real and people get hurt. The Punisher is unapologetic about telling Frank’s story. That’s all it had to be.last_img read more

Off Beat Vancouver woman blazed trail to Olympic gold in 1948

first_imgSunday’s closing ceremonies were a chance to celebrate the success of America’s athletes during the 2018 Winter Games.And, it was our once-every-four-years chance to note how the path to one category of Olympic gold was pioneered 70 years ago by a Vancouver housewife.That was Gretchen Fraser, who became the first non-European to win an Olympic skiing medal. She took the silver in the Alpine combined in the 1948 Winter Games at St. Moritz, Switzerland.Two days later, she struck gold. … Or, as The Associated Press reported on Feb. 6, 1948: “It was an historic day for the Red, White and Blue from the moment Mrs. Gretchen Fraser, the flying housewife from Vancouver, Wash., flashed across first in the women’s special slalom.”It was America’s first Olympic gold medal in skiing.Fraser did two interviews with The Columbian before her death in 1994, recalling how she and her husband, Don Fraser, actually had four Olympic berths between them. He was a member of the 1936 American ski team.They were scheduled to be husband-and-wife teammates in 1940, but the Winter Olympics were canceled because of World War II.The war wound up playing another role in her skiing career. While Don Fraser was with a fighter squadron, Gretchen Fraser volunteered as a rehabilitation worker on the slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho. She helped develop an amputee skiing program for U.S. servicemen who had lost arms or legs in combat.last_img read more