Saskatchewan mayor hopes his community follows him on path to reconciliation

first_imgLarissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsThe mayor of Elbow, Saskatchewan has agreed to help in the elimination of racism faced by First Nations people in his community by ensuring that all staff and elected officials be educated on the history of Treaties, residential schools and the treaty and inherent rights of first nations people.Rob Hundeby said it’s time to acknowledge that racism is alive and well in Saskatchewan.“I’ve actually had people approach me and say part of the reason they look at investing in Elbow or building a home in Elbow, is because there is no reserve that’s close by,” he said. That’s wrong. Racism is still a part of Saskatchewan.”Hundeby said at a recent Saskatchewan urban municipalities (SUMA) convention, FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron was welcomed for the first time to address the communities.He said he was touched by Cameron’s speech and it opened his eyes to the racist attitudes still being in Saskatchewan.“There’s SUMA, which you’re dealing with urban communities, and there’s SARM, which you’re dealing with rural communities,” he said. “And the Indigenous population doesn’t really have a fit anywhere in there and I think partially due to racism.”The mayor is now setting an example and apologizing for any racist attitudes he’s had towards aboriginal people, hoping it starts to build bridges towards reconciliation.“I apologize to you Chief Cameron and the FSIN for any racist thoughts, comments or actions that I’ve had during my life and I hope you accept my apology.”Cameron, who heads up the FSIN, shook the mayors hand and accepted the apology.Cameron said it’s a starting point that will hopefully welcome other urban and rural municipalities in the province to come to the table and begin to work together on addressing racism. And that ending racism and building a bond between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Saskatchewan is something we must do now, for future generations.“None of us are going anywhere but our children and grandchildren are going to live here,” said Cameron. “What kind of legacy and foundation do we want to leave behind for our children? {That} legacy is built on love, kindness, and respect. Acceptance of each and every one of us, for who we are, what we are, where we live, how we walk, how we talk. Acceptance and forgiveness.”Hundeby said while the resolution to sign the MOU was passed unanimously by village council, the community of Elbow has not be consulted.He said he hopes his constituents are on board.last_img read more

Baseball Ohio State looking to put rough 2017 behind it heading into

Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterTo say the Ohio State baseball team had an up-and-down 2017 season might be too generous. It limped to a 22-34 overall finish, including an 8-16 conference record, and did not qualify for the Big Ten tournament.In particular, the pitching staff performed uncharacteristically poor, with an ERA climbing above the 5.00 mark for the first time since head coach Greg Beals took over in 2011.“We know it’s not acceptable to have the record we did last year here at Ohio State,” redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer said. Despite last season’s struggles, sophomore outfielder Dominic Canzone and senior pitcher Seth Kinker both said this team expects to compete for and win a Big Ten title.Being fresh off an 11th-place Big Ten finish does not provide much reason to believe that goal is attainable. But the return of several starters and a renewed chemistry provides hope for the Buckeyes.Niemeyer said a main issue with last year’s team was the growing pains involved in having “17 or 18 new players in key roles.” This year’s team will not have that problem. Beals used the word “feeling” to describe the attitude last season’s group had as opposed to “attacking” like he expects this squad to do.“I see a lot better baserunning, being able to go first to third, being able to score from first base,” Beals said. “Dirt-ball reads, having some action in counts where in a 3-1, 3-2 count where we think there’s gonna be action with the bat we’ll get runners started. Just little things like that.”The Buckeyes will return all of their starting pitchers from a season ago except Jake Post. Junior Ryan Feltner, who was recently listed as the top-ranked Big Ten prospect by both D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game scouting services, has struggled in the past, but could prove to be the ace of the staff. He already has been named as the regular-season Friday night starter.To fill out the starting rotation, Beals also will look to Niemeyer and fellow redshirt senior Yianni Pavlopoulos, along with junior Connor Curlis and sophomore Jake Vance. All five of those players have started at least five games for Ohio State, and only Vance has fewer than 24 game appearances.Curlis will take the mound first for the Buckeyes this weekend during the Snowbird Classic, Beals said.“[Curlis] is working very hard,” Kinker said. “He works with Feltner who, honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone work as hard as Feltner.”Kinker, who had 54 strikeouts and a 2.95 ERA last season, headlines a bullpen that features four additional seniors. Experience won’t necessarily translate to performance on the mound though, especially on the back of a poor performance from the pitching staff last year. Niemeyer expects his fellow hurlers to improve their control.“[We want to] fill up the zone early in counts, ‘cause that gives us an advantage,” Niemeyer said. “You just have to have the mindset if someone hits a first-pitch ground or fly ball that’s a good thing. You don’t have to try to strike everyone out.”The Buckeyes maintained all but two starters from last season’s starting lineup. Among the returnees is sophomore Conner Pohl at third base, who was second on the team with a .325 batting average last season. Last year’s primary third baseman Brady Cherry is back playing second base. Canzone will be in right field once again; he led the team with a .346 batting average and was second with 36 RBI. He also stole 13 bases.“I’m very confident with the guys that we’re gonna put on the field this year,” Canzone said. “All around it’s just a lot of great chemistry across the board, this team. I’m just excited and it’s the most fun I’ve had, honestly, in a preseason.”Junior catcher Jacob Barnwell is back behind the plate after 51 starts last season, and junior college transfer Kobie Foppe rounds out the infield at shortstop with a defensive style Beals called “smooth.” Malik Jones, another junior college transfer, will be in center field.An intriguing development within the batting order is the group of athletes vying for playing time at first base, left field and designated hitter.“We’ve got several capable bodies. Bo Coolen and Noah McGowan are both gonna get playing time at first base, McGowan can play some left field and DH, Nate Romans can DH, [Tyler] Cowles can play left field and DH,” Beals said. “We’re gonna be able to wiggle and play some guys that are hot.”Ohio State opens its season Friday against UW-Milwaukee as part of the Snowbird Classic. read more

New Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith reveals shows bosses gave

first_imgLeith has been lined up to replace Mary Berry as a judge for the baking competition.She has said it will be “a bit scary” following Berry, who was a hit with the public in her time on the show. Last week Leith’s fellow judge Paul Hollywood met up with his new Great British Bake Off colleague Noel Fielding for a night out. “What did they think is going to happen? I’m not likely to be trolled. This is a nice family show,” she said.But she arrived home from dinner that to find a security guard outside her house in the Cotswolds.“When I got home that night at 11 at night, there’s a chap in a van, a security guard.“They sent somebody down to the country to look after me.“And they sent someone to look after my agent. I mean, who do they think I am? Do they think I’m Prince Philip or something?” Prue Leith said she had been offered securityCredit:PA  Prue Leith will join Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Paul Hollywood on the new-look showCredit:PA Bake Off Fielding has proved a divisive choice to host the baking programme, which has moved from the BBC to Channel 4 and lost long-running presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as a result.The Mighty Boosh star will present the popular show along with Sandi Toksvig. It’s an extraordinary honour to be charged with being in the mix to produce this national treasure of a show #GBBO— Sandi Toksvig (@sanditoksvig) March 16, 2017center_img 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. The TV baker and the comic beamed as they posed for a selfie. Along with the snap, shared on Instagram, Hollywood wrote: “Catching up with Noel.” Future Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith has revealed that the show’s producers have provided her with a close protection officer after fears about her security.Leith, 77, said she had refused the offer of someone to guard her from threats at first, but Channel 4 and production company Love Productions had insisted.“On the day that they announced who the line-up was, they wanted to send a close protection officer,” she told the Sun.She said she turned them down, but was told it was necessary “just to be on the safe side”. Hollywood has said he is a “big fan” of Fielding, telling ITV’s Loose Women: “I’m really excited. Obviously it’s a big thing for the country, the Bake Off, and when I heard the names read out, I was really excited.”I think the whole dynamics of it, when I sat down and thought about it, because I’m a big fan of Noel, and Sandi actually, and Prue.” Prue Leithlast_img read more

Detecting drowsiness in mining haul truck operators before it is too late

first_imgMore technology news that we were unable to include in the published surface haul trucks feature comes from OptAlert, which has a novel system that constantly measures operators’ alertness. The MOS solution alerts the operator of drowsiness, when it first begins and before it reaches dangerous levels. It works through a pair of innovative glasses worn by the operator. The glasses constantly measure the operator’s eye and eyelid movement. This information is analysed by an in-cab processor, determining the operator’s level of drowsiness in real time.A visual and audio warning is triggered when drowsiness reaches an initial risk level. The warning is targeted during early stages of drowsiness, before driving errors happen and while an operator is still alert enough to take suitable precautionary measures, return to an alert state of mind and continue to work in a safe condition. This initial warning stimulates and provokes alertness without the need to stop the haul truck. In the fraction of instances where drowsiness continues to set in, a second warning is provided, highlighting the need to implement company specific fatigue policies.Operation controllers receive real time systems information via the in-vehicle telematic system, enabling them to intervene when necessary.OptAlert-MOS stores data about the operator’s fatigue risk levels – up to 720 operational hours. This information is then compiled into Fatigue Risk Profiling reports that can be delivered on an hourly/daily/ weekly/monthly basis. These risk profiles (per operator/per shift/per site) allow managers to fully understand the fatigue patterns within their operation and incorporate this information into Fatigue Risk Management Systems on an ongoing basis.The differentiators of this system, the company says, include:OptAlertTM measures the driver’s physiological state of alertness objectively and continuously from minute to minute. It does not depend on theoretical calculations of the driver’s state based on the time of day and their unreliable subjective reports about previous sleepOptAlert warns drivers when the risk of a drowsy crash begins to rise, and does not wait until they are actually driving out of the lane, or falling asleep, which can be too late for preventive actionOptAlert is not affected by environmental conditions. It works equally well in daylight and dark, and whether or not drivers use prescription lenses or sunglassesOptAlert, the company says, “is the only system in the market that has been scientifically validated. The Monash University Accident Research Centre, Austin Hospital, Swinburne University of Technology, Professor Charles Czeisler from Harvard University Medical School have all independently evaluated the effectiveness of Optalert in monitoring drowsiness.” BHP Billiton’s two year study into fatigue technologies concluded in 2007 that: “OptAlert has been identified as the leading technology solution for BHP Billiton to help detect operator drowsiness/fatigue.”The OptAlert-SM solution has been implemented in mines throughout Australia, the USA, South America and South Africa.last_img read more

The first LeapTop Leap Motion embedded in HP Envy 17 laptop

first_imgIt looks like HP will be the first manufacturer to have a laptop on the shelf that offers the touchless magic of Leap Motion by embedding it in the computer.When Windows 8 was launched, with all of its touch-friendly gestures and large colorful buttons, the fist thing that occurred to many people was the ability to use a Kinect to interact with the OS. Instead of reaching out and touching the screen, using gestures and imaging to capture a hand floating and poking around would ultimately be more comfortable if it worked out.Intel’s perceptual computing unit is slowly working in that direction, adding eye tracking and other input techniques. The real winner if you want to get in on the ground floor with this kind of interaction comes from Leap Motion, and now it looks like someone has finally stuck the tech in a laptop.Just below the keyboard of the new Envy 17 Leap Motion Edition is a thin black strip with a pair of LEDs on either side. If you wave your hand over this sensor, Leap Motion comes to life and is ready to use.It wouldn’t be an HP laptop without some custom software, which exists in the the form of “Control Zones” designed to emulate the Windows 8 gestures for the charm bar and multitasking. Other than that it’s the same Leap Motion you can buy as a peripheral, including the pre-installed Airspace store filled with Leap-capable apps.HP will make the Envy 17 Leap Motion Edition available on October 16 starting at $1,049.99 with configuration options in storage, processor, and graphics.last_img read more

Tender for oil drilling issued

first_imgThe international tender issued by the government last week for oil drilling in 20 areas in the Ionian Sea, Western Greece and off Crete contains terms that can only be met by very large oil companies. Environment and Energy Ministry officials confirmed that these terms result from a targeted strategy to attract oil giants, mainly dictated by the great depths of the areas to be drilled.The tender is expected to begin six months after its publication in the official gazettes of Greece and the European Communities. Small and mid-sized companies may participate in consortia led by very large operators, which include Greece’s Hellenic Petroleum and Energean.The tender provides that the Greek government will receive 4 per cent of the quantities of the hydrocarbons produced either in money or in kind, plus a 20 per cent income tax. The investor will also pay a 5 per cent regional tax. The operating period is 25 years (with an option for two five-year extensions) and will commence with the announcement of the discovery of commercially viable deposits.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le cyclone Sandra se rapproche de la NouvelleCalédonie en état dalerte

first_imgLe cyclone Sandra se rapproche de la Nouvelle-Calédonie en état d’alerteLe cyclone tropical baptisé Sandra menace les côtes de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. De niveau 4, le phénomène est accompagné de vents puissants et de pluies abondantes qui devraient bientôt atteindre plusieurs communes placés en alerte orange. La Nouvelle-Calédonie est en état d’alerte depuis ce week-end. Après le cyclone Rusty qui a sévi en février dernier, c’est au tour d’un nouveau phénomène de menacer l’archipel. Le cyclone tropical baptisé Sandra est né jeudi au large de l’Indonésie et s’est rapproché des îles de Nouvelle-Calédonie au cours des deux derniers jours, tout en se renforçant. Désormais classé en cyclone de niveau 4, le phénomène se trouvait lundi à 17H heure locale à 260 km dans le nord-ouest des îles Bélep, situées à l’extrême nord de l’archipel.Le cyclone est accompagné de vents violents et de pluies abondantes qui devraient prochainement s’abattre sur plusieurs communes. “Sandra génère des vents moyens estimés à 185 km/h (rafales à 260 km/h) près de son centre, sa pression au centre est estimée à 930 hPa. Il se déplace vers le sud sud-est à une vitesse de 8 km/h environ. Sur l’’extrême nord du pays, on observe déjà des vents d’est proche de 90 km/h en rafales”, a expliqué Météo France dans son bulletin d’alerte cyclonique. Face à la menace, plusieurs communes, notamment sur les îles de Bélep, Poum, ainsi que Koumac et Ouegoa ont été placées en alerte orange. Au fur et à mesure que Sandra approche, la vigilance devrait toutefois être renforcée en rouge. Le reste de l’archipel français du Pacifique sud est pour l’heure en pré-alerte. “Pour les 24 prochaines heures, Sandra va poursuivre sa trajectoire vers le sud sud-est et se rapprocher progressivement du nord de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, ce qui devrait l’amener dans la matinée du mardi 12 mars 2013 à environ 100 km dans l’’ouest des Bélep”, a ajouté Météo France. La population appelée à rester chez elle À lire aussiHuit baleines d’une espèce rare s’échouent en Nouvelle-CalédonieSelon les météorologues, le vent et les pluies vont donc se renforcer à partir de la nuit prochaine, sur le nord du pays. Des rafales à plus de 100 km/h sont notamment attendues sur les Bélep et la pointe nord de la Grande Terre. Ajouté à cela, la mer deviendra dangereuse dans ces régions avec des creux possibles à 6 mètres au plus près du phénomène. Le Haut-Commissariat de Nouvelle-Calédonie a rappelé que l’alerte rouge implique la cessation de toute activité professionnelle, scolaire et commerciale. Il a demandé à la population de rejoindre impérativement les logements et les abris dans les zones menacées au cours des prochaines heures. Les habitants ont également été appelés à écouter attentivement les bulletins diffusés par le Service de Météo France sur les antennes radios.Le 11 mars 2013 à 11:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark Asks: Question about red light cameras gets green light

first_imgThere are those perennial topics when it comes to news that everyone always wants to talk about — weather and traffic.So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the top story in the October reader voting round for Clark Asks — with 48 percent of votes — was about red light cameras. A reader asked: “Why don’t we have red light cameras? Running red lights is rampant at certain intersections such as Padden Parkway and 117th.” Look for a story in the coming weeks delving into the ins and outs of these sometimes controversial traffic control devices.Tying for second place with 26 percent each were: “Are many Indian artifacts discovered by people just digging in their gardens in Clark County?” and “What’s with the new colors and paint configuration at some pedestrian street crossings?”If the question you voted for didn’t win, don’t despair. Sometimes we investigate the runners-up as well. And some questions pop up again in future voting rounds.Clark Asks is a feature The Columbian launched a year ago encouraging readers to ask questions about Clark County. We do our best to find the answers. Read those stories and learn more at columbian.com/clark-asks.In recent weeks, new business reporter Anthony Macuk looked at why construction had stalled on the 134th Street Lofts project in Salmon Creek — and found out work is starting again.last_img read more

Solari Second captain Marcelo is 100 Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari backed the struggling Marcelo and insisted he’s a “Madridista through and through”.The Brazil international has struggled to hold on to his left-back position at Real this season following Sergio Reguilon’s strong performances.This has restricted Marcelo to just 12 appearances in La Liga this season, which has renewed talk of a possible summer transfer to Juventus to reunite with his good friend Cristiano Ronaldo.The 30-year-old did start though in Real’s first leg 1-1 draw against Barcelona in their Copa del Rey semi-final tie and helped them secure a valuable away goal.“Our second captain is a Madridista through and through, he always puts Real Madrid first and we work to give our all,” said Solari on the club website.Meanwhile, Marcelo’s fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior continues to shine at Real after another impressive performance in his Clasico debut on Wednesday night.The 18-year-old kept Gareth Bale benched and repaid Solari’s faith in him by tormenting the Barcelona defence throughout the game with his pace and dribbling skills.“I’m not surprised [about his development], I know him, and I know his way of playing football,” Solari said on Vinicius.“It’s amazing that a boy of 18 years of age is progressing the way he is. Some credit also has to go to his team-mates, who support him and allow him to play.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.As for the match itself at Camp Nou, Lucas Vazquez had given Real a sixth-minute lead before Malcom smashed in an equaliser for Barcelona to settle the game at 1-1 at Camp Nou.Solari added: “It was a beautiful game, with real quality and regular shifts in momentum. It was great to watch for all the fans of any club.“We had chances to score in both halves, with Vinicius Junior’s effort or Gareth Bale’s attempt. It’s hard to talk about justice in football.“Making comparisons is pointless. This game is confirmation that this group of players is working very well. It’s an open-ended result, there’s a lot of quality out on the pitch and anything can happen at any time.”The return leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.🏁 FT: @FCBarcelona 1-1 @realmadrid⚽ Malcom 57′; @Lucasvazquez91 6’#Emirates | #RMClasico pic.twitter.com/ms5nPlnPdE— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 6, 2019last_img read more

CMP Goes MIA

first_imgNostalgia has a minor role in today’s fast-moving publishing world. In fact, if you are still called a “publishing” company at all, there’s some sentimentality right there. Unless you are a “media” company in b-to-b, you’re already a bit behind the curve.My CMP experience occurred in the midst of radical technological change. Even though Time magazine named “The Computer” as its Man of the Year in 1983, it wasn’t until years later that “Internet” became official, replacing the Information Superhighway as a kind of promised road to somewhere.My first day at CMP, I worked until 11:00 p.m., then went out for dinner and drinks with my colleagues. Within weeks, I was working through the night, cutting out typewritten paragraphs, rearranging them on the floor, then pasting them together into—from my perspective—the next great American novel. The topic was probably Hewlett-Packard’s newest printer or something.What a team we had in those days—so many of our “role” players turned out to be publishing stars. Today, AfterCMP is the social networking community through which many old faces from those early days reappear. It’s good to see them. Sometimes it’s shocking to see them—the pounds, the gray. Sometimes it’s heartwarming; sometimes it’s scary—to open dialogue with the faces, with the memories, is not easy.On the site, each person is asked their fondest memory from CMP. Mine likely would have to do with pacing the outside grounds aimlessly one 5 or 6:00 a.m., trying to recover from an all-nighter closing one of the first issues of Computer Systems News, my day-old clothes and unshaven face a sort of Red Badge of Courage awaiting the others as they arrived with their papers and morning coffee.At my age, I won’t apologize for throwing a sprinkle of sentimentality into a simple business story. I did a lot of growing up in and around CMP. It was a time of discovery, a time of opportunity. Many lessons learned. Thanks to the company whose letters stand for nothing—but whose name represents so much for so many of us. Gerry Leeds, founder of CMP Publications, originally wanted to name his company Creative Media Publications, but when he went to register the name, it was already taken. “I have better things to do than think up a new name,” Gerry would say. “Let’s just call it CMP.” For the countless times over the years someone would ask what CMP stood for, they were simply told “it stands for nothing.”I confess to being somewhat saddened when I heard last week that United Business Media’s latest reorganization (“Major Restructuring at CMP Technology”) included the note that CMP as a known corporate entity has now ceased to exist.I was one of the first 100 employees of CMP. I was always proud to point out the leaf with my name on it as it appeared in the framed “tree” behind the reception desk acknowledging CMP’s early employees. When I mentioned the passing of the CMP name to another “First Hundred” friend, he responded with the more practical, “Seems they’re positioning to package things up and sell them off, if they get the right price.” I suppose. Frankly, I couldn’t even read the details of this latest incarnation of the company that, for better or worse, sucked me into this business.last_img read more

Millions of surveillance cameras could become AI security guards ACLU warns

first_img Artificial intelligence (AI) Government surveillance “Cameras that collect and store video just in case it is needed are being transformed into robot guards that actively and constantly watch people,” Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst with the ACLU, said in a release. “It is as if a great surveillance machine has been growing up around us, but largely dumb and inert — and is now, in a meaningful sense, waking up. The end result, if left unchecked, will be a society where everyone’s public movements and behavior are subject to constant and comprehensive evaluation and judgment by what are essentially AI security guards.”To deal with this potential surveillance state nightmare, the ACLU is urging policymakers to begin creating rules to minimize abuse and prevent the use of video AI technology on the masses. The organization recently won a battle against law enforcement using facial recognition in San Francisco. In May, the city passed an ordinance that bars police and other city agencies from using facial recognition technology on residents.  A video surveillance camera hangs from the side of a building in San Francisco.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images New technology can improve our lives, but it can also come with unforeseen pitfalls. Cameras are now smaller, better and smarter than ever before, and that, warns the American Civil Liberties Union, could be an issue in the future.The nearly 50 million surveillance cameras in the US could be used to police people as smart technology improves, according to an ACLU report released Thursday. The Dawn of Robot Surveillance looks at the increasing number of cameras installed by government agencies and how advancements in artificial intelligence and facial recognition are making those cameras smarter, which the ACLU says could present civil rights issues. Comment Now playing: Watch this: Landlords are making apartments into smart homes, whether… Share your voice 1 Tags 2:46 Computers Securitylast_img read more

UA Board formally opposes campus concealcarry bill

first_imgThe University of Alaska Board of Regents has formalized its opposition to a state Senate bill that would allow concealed weapons on its campuses.Download AudioUA president Jim Johnsen (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)On a vote of 9-2, the regents adopted a resolution Friday saying that the legislation, in its current form, would prevent the university from responding to high risk and conflict situations on university property.In a news release, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen says the bill, as written, limits the board’s ability to govern the university.The university system has proposed six amendments, including ones that would allow it to limit concealed weapons in dorms and health and counseling facilities or during adjudication of disciplinary issues. The system also wants to require concealed carry permits of students or employees who want to carry on campuses.last_img read more

Falaknuma Das Falaknama movie review Live response of viewers from premiere shows

first_imgSanthosh Kumar Bojja‏ @santhoshbojja #FalaknumaDas #FalaknamaDas – A decent 1st half is followed by a meandering pointless 2nd. Tarun Bhaskar and the guy who played Ravi lead a stellar supporting cast that is let down by the not so impressive lead cast! Vivek Sagar disappoints but the cinematography stands out! Kaadhandi Aavedhana Undadhandi‏ @swaroop_19 @vishwaksens dialogues writing in the movie is out standing and soo realistic to Hyderabadi cult crowd #FaluknamaDas #Falaknamadas The only take away from the movies is #tharunbhaskar acting and kick ass BGM from Vivek sagar..other than that film is a waste of time #falaknamadas pure disappointment..#masskadas Mirchi9‏ @Mirchi9 CinemaPichhi‏ @CinemaPichhi @vishwaksens Sorry, but the movie couldn’t manage to sustain my concentration.The camera work was nauseating, the dialogues were overcooked. IMHO the only thing good about the movie is #tharunbhascker, everything else? I’d give it a pass. Verdict – 1.5/5 #FalaknumaDas Super first half, good 2nd half. @vishwaksens acting and direction athi thaggisthe inka baguntadhi. Vivek Sagar Trailer BGM konchem use cheyalsindhi. Love track lite. Uttej and gang andharu kummesaru, Tharun Bhaskar Unique experience overall. 3.75/5 vivekreddy byreddy‏ @byreddyvivek5 ARVIN BONDUGULA‏ @ARVINBONDUGULA #FalaknumaDas First half : scene to scene, frame to frame, dialogue to dialogue just as the original. If any credit has to be given, its for the original #AngamalyDiaries Decent watch if you haven’t seen the original #FalaknumaDas : Decent first half and below average second half Positives: Rawness in scenes, BGM, authentic Hyderabad nativity Negatives: No story, Climax, too loud, Cinematography, too many cuss words, Love track and songs Rating : 2/5center_img Falaknuma DasTwitterVishwaksen Naidu’s Telugu movie Falaknuma Das (Falaknama) will have large number of premiere shows in Indian and around the world on Thursday night, a day before it is officially released in theatres on May 31.Falaknuma Das is a romantic action thriller movie, which is about young boy from Angamaly, who has a traditional upbringing grows up to become a righteous yet a notorious gangster. How he tries to establish his monopoly over the lucrative Pork business in the village forms the crux of the story.Vishwaksen Naidu has written the script and directed the movie, which has been produced it with Karate Raju, Cherlapally Sandeep and Manoj Kumar Katokar. Vishwaksen Naidu, Saloni Mishra, Harshita Gaur and Prashanthi Charuolingah are seen playing the lead roles, while Uttej and Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam appear in the important characters.The makers have spent a bomb on the production and publicity of Falaknuma Das and its promos have also grabbed many eyeballs. After seeing the hype, the distributors have made grand arrangements for its release, by booking a large number of screens across the globe. The film will have premiere shows in 100 location across the US.The makers of Falaknuma Das announced to hold its premiere shows in the Telugu states on Thursday night. After seeing the huge demand, they increased the number of theatres. Suresh Babu, the owner of Suresh Productions, which is presenting the film, tweeted, “You have shown your love for Das , now we are showing our love for you, 15 More screens added for #FalaknumaDasPaidPremieres.”We bring you the response of the viewers, who share it on Twitter after watch Falaknuma Das in the premiere shows tonight. Continue to see their verdict.Varun Kilaru‏ @varunkilaru Aaat.. #Falaknamadas Fab acting by cast Ma Hyderabad cinema ra bhai.. Mass engaging first half✊ One more cult in tollywood❤ Sohit Nag Kamagoni‏ @iSohitnag SputHnic‏ @SputhnicBhahuk Excellent first half paka hyderabadie #FalaknumaDas Srikanth Reddy‏ @srikanth2828 #Falaknamadas Raw emotions ,natural acting ,relatable story and real life characters , importance of friendship in difficult situations , arrogance and realization Overall excellent movie ☮️❤️ #FalaknumaDas Meaning less bekar chillar panchayath. No story, no emotions… Vishwak Sen poor acting and poor direction. Totally disappointed. Rating 1.5/5 kunalclintonguyyani‏ @kunalclinton First Half Report: #FalaknumaDas A faithful adaption of Angamaly Dairies, terrific writing and excellent background score gives #FalaknumaDas , a heart. Overall an average first half, if we give the boring and regular romantic drama, in between, a miss. #FalaknumaDas is a glossy remake that fizzles out totally by the end. The writing, for the most part & the BGM stands out for the exemplary work on display.last_img read more

12 Reasons Its Harder To Vote In Harris County

first_imgElla Feldman/Houston Public Media2018 campaign posters cover the grass outside the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center voting location in Montrose.A new report shows Harris County residents face multiple barriers to getting involved in the political process. “Registration rates in Texas are among the lowest in the United States. Yet voter registration rates in Harris County are far lower, and increasingly so,” said University of Houston researcher Suzanne Pritzker. “If we look between 2010 and 2016, we see that the voter registration gap between Texas and Harris County has been increasing.”Houston In ActionPritzker co-authored the new report that found both Texas and Harris County have policies and practices that limit political participation. Civic engagement group Houston In Action plans to use the report to address some of the following barriers that were identified.   Little to no compliance with school voter registration lawResearchers found that despite a pledge to offer voter registration twice a year by HISD and other districts in Harris County, the majority of these high schools do not request voter registration forms for their students. Houston In ActionStatewide, relatively few high schools proved to have requested voter registration forms. Researchers also cited little to no mock elections in Harris County and HISD schools as a missed opportunity to engage students in the political process. Harris County rejects a higher percentage of registration applications The Houston In Action study found in 2016 some 38,000 voter registration applications were rejected in Harris County. When looking just at in-person registration applications, 41% of those were rejected in Harris County, compared to 14% of in-person applications statewide and 11% nationwide.Little to no on-campus polling locations“University of Houston is the only large university in Texas that did not have an early voting location in 2018. In contrast, the University of Texas has two,” said the report’s co-author Suzanne Pritzker.She also found that not one four-year institution within the 610 loop had an early voting location. Ella Feldman/Houston Public MediaAround 100 students wait in line to vote at Rice University’s student center this afternoon. The voter registration deadline is 30 days before the election An early voter registration deadline is one reason researchers say it’s more difficult to vote in Texas. While 11 other states offer same-day voter registration, Texas has one of the 10 longest pre-election deadlines.   00:00 /00:49 Listen X Sharecenter_img Removing voters from Harris County voter rolls is on the riseFrom 2010 to 2016, there was a 54% increase in the number of voters removed from voter rolls. That compares to a 6% increase nationwide. Houston In Action Texas requires an excuse to vote by mailCasting an absentee ballot in Texas requires an excuse, such as travel, disability status or age. In contrast, 22 other states allow for some elections to be done entirely through the mail.Texans also have to request absentee ballots each year they decide to vote absentee, unlike voters in eight other states. Texas has an extra burden to becoming a voter registrar A registrar is someone who registers voters, and in Texas becoming a registrar is harder than in most states. Texas and only two other states require training for voter registrars. These registrars must be deputized by the county the voter lives in, according to state law. Texas is the only state in the country with this additional requirement. Houston In Action According to the Houston In Action report, access to training sessions to become a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar (VDVR) is not equal across the county.These VDVR trainings are also generally not offered in languages besides English, which is something Houston in Action is looking to change. “We are also looking to work with the tax assessor’s office to make sure that we can have volunteer deputy voter registrar trainings in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese,” said Valdez. No online voter registration “There are 38 states that do allow for online (voter) registration and Texas is not one of those,” said Rice University researcher Melissa Marschall, who co-authored the Houston In Action report.Other research shows that young people are more likely to vote when they have the option to vote online, though it has no effect on the voting habits of older citizens.“Currently you can go online to see if you’re registered, but you can’t actually complete that registration online, and we think that this is a particular barrier for our young people,” Marschall said. Fewer polling locations in Harris County Between 2012 and 2016, the number of polling locations decreased in Harris County.Houston In ActionComing in 2019, countywide vote centers will be implemented in Harris County, which will allow anybody to vote there regardless of their designated polling location. Since 2005, these centers have been available statewide. This is the first year Harris County applied for these centers. Limited early voting hours Harris County has offered fewer hours for early voting than the 15 other counties with the most registered voters. Michael Winn, director of elections at the Harris County Clerk’s Office, said hours have been extended since this research was conducted.“We have already extended voting hours for early voting, so that’s already in the bucket. We did that this past election, we implemented vote centers, (and) we have a strong voter outreach program,” Winn said. A majority of provisional ballots aren’t countedThough the number of provisional ballots used in Harris County has been relatively small (under 10,000), a majority are rejected.Houston In Action research found that 80% of provisional ballots cast in the U.S. are counted. In contrast, 80% of provisional ballots are rejected in Harris County. Texas is one of the 34 states across the country that does not allow voters to correct list errors on Election Day. Texas law limits what’s an acceptable voter IDOne survey found that 10% of Texans do not carry a driver’s license, which is the most common acceptable form of voter ID. Though researchers for the Houston In Action report listed this as another way voter registration is limited, a 2019 study found that these laws do not impact overall turnout.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Amazon fined 350000 for shipping Liquid Fire that burned 9 UPS employees

first_imgAmazon Prime Air will get you your goods in a hurry. Even, apparently, dangerous goods like strong acid that should never be shipped by plane.Amazon sells strong acid? Sure they do. You’ll find tons of it on their virtual shelves if you go looking for a good clog-buster for your drains. Amazing Liquid Fire is one of the better-rated options they sell, and it’s pretty nasty stuff. It’ll burn through a blockage in minutes and fill your house with an aroma similar to brimstone and regret at the same time.It’s the sort of product that’s always supposed to be shipped by ground, and the FAA doesn’t look too fondly on sellers who decide to put it on a plane. That goes double for when the container breaks open, the caustic goop inside leaks, and a bunch of people have to be treated for chemical exposure. In total nine UPS employees came into contact with the leaky jug of Liquid Fire on its trip from Louisville, Kentucky to Boulder, Colorado.The FAA has fined Amazon a whopping $350,000 for the offense. That might seem steep for a single incident, but the Liquid Fire hadn’t even been bagged properly in the event that it did leak — and this also isn’t the first time they’ve been busted for improperly shipping dangerous goods.I’m actually sort of amazed that someone even ordered this stuff from Amazon in the first place. They’re charging almost four times what you’d pay for Liquid Fire if you ran down to the corner hardware store and bought it.last_img read more

Teen arrested on suspicion of stealing tools

first_imgPaphos police arrested a 16-year-old boy on Thursday after he was accused of stealing tools and machinery worth approximately €900 from the storage room of a 58-year-old man.The 58-year-old reported that on September 14, someone stole tools that include a wood cutting machine and metal cases from a storage area that was located underground of the man’s residence.The teen was arrested on Thursday after a witness reported to police that he had seen him coming out of the storage space and a warrant for his arrest was issued.He denies any involvement in the crime.You May LikeMy Insure OnlineList of Most Popular and Expensive CarsMy Insure OnlineUndoRelocation Target15 Countries To Move To For A Longest LivesRelocation TargetUndoTips and TricksGot a Stain in Your Car Upholstery? Try Removing It With This Quick and Easy TrickTips and TricksUndo UK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cabinet approves new criteria for refugee housing assistance

first_imgThe cabinet on Wednesday approved new criteria for granting financial assistance to Greek Cypriot refugees seeking to acquire a house, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said.The new scheme incorporates the new, stricter, borrowing rules and regulations in the banking system and provides for more assistance to refugees with the maximum amount raised from €29,000 to €45,000.It also raises the income criteria of applicants.“The reason the assistance is increased is to enable those eligible to secure a loan for the balance and for the help to be adequate, something that was difficult to date,” Petrides said after the cabinet meeting.The minister said houses bigger than 250sqm will not be subsidised.Petrides said refugees who have already submitted an application or their application has been approved but the payment is pending, will automatically be eligible and did not have to apply anew provided they present documentation they have enough money to buy or build a house.The ministry has hired 12 officers and plans to hire eight more in a bid to process applications swiftly.Eligible parties are singles with income up to €25,000, couples with income up to €45,000, three-member families earning up to €50,000, four-member families with €55,000 in income, and five-member families earning €65,000.The financial assistance they will receive is up to €20,000 for singles, €30,000 for couples, €35,000 for a family with children or a single-parent family, and €40,000 for families with at least four children.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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