‘File report on security measures for rural polls’

first_imgThe Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the State Election Commission and the West Bengal government to disclose the measures they propose to take for the protection of polling personnel during the panchayat elections on May 14.A group of employees, under the banner Sarkari Karmachari Parishad Paschim Banga, had filed a public interest litigation plea before the Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee. Express apprehensionThe petitioners said that while they are assigned polling booths during the election period, sufficient arrangement is not made for their protection and security. The court asked the SEC and the State government to file reports before May 4, when the matter will come up for hearing again. Additional forces Speaking to journalists later in the day, Director General of Police Surajit Purakayastha said that arrangements would be made to provide armed policemen at every polling booth. “We are making adequate arrangements for security but to provide back up we are in talks with other States for additional forces,” Mr. Purakaystha said.In another development, the Opposition parties have approached the High Court alleging that the State Election Commission had violated the court’s order directing it to hold meaningful consultation with all stakeholders before deciding on the day of polling.last_img read more

Africa champion Cameroon misses out on World Cup

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses While the result put group leader Nigeria’s hopes on hold, it definitely ended Cameroon’s, meaning the one-time World Cup quarterfinalist’s revival to win the African Cup of Nations in February was short-lived. The draw that sealed Cameroon’s World Cup fate came three days after it was beaten in Nigeria 4-0, a result that did not befit the African titleholder.There was one other qualifier in Africa on Monday, when Libya produced a big surprise to beat Guinea 1-0 in a game played in neutral Tunisia.GROUP AFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLibya had a heart-breaking experience in Guinea last week when it fought back from 2-0 down to level at 2-2 only to concede three minutes into injury time as Guinea won 3-2.This time, Libya scored first through Hamdou Mohamed and held on, playing the last half-hour with 10 men after Mohammed al-Gadi’s red card. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cameroon’s goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa helps injured Nigeria’s forward Odion Ighalo during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, southern Nigeria, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIThe African champion won’t be in Russia for next year’s World Cup.Cameroon was the first team to be eliminated in the final round of qualifying in Africa after drawing with Nigeria 1-1 at home on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE aims big after ‘disappointing’ run last season LATEST STORIES Nigeria, showing some long-needed consistency, remained unbeaten in the final round of qualifying and will make certain of a place at Russia with a win over Zambia next month in its penultimate qualifying game.The five group winners will be Africa’s World Cup qualifiers. Tunisia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Uganda are the group leaders and if that stays the same there will be two World Cup debutants from Africa next year in Burkina Faso and Uganda. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC After collecting its first points of the group stage, Libya still has a chance of qualifying for the World Cup — albeit a very, very remote one.Tunisia leads Group A by three points ahead of Congo. Those two meet on Tuesday.GROUP BNigeria led in Yaounde through Moses Simon’s 30th-minute goal.Vincent Aboubakar, Cameroon’s match-winner in the African Cup final, equalized with a penalty in the 75th.Cameroon pushed hard in the last 15 minutes as a World Cup place slipped away, with Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa pulling off a double save in the dying minutes to deny Arnaud Djoum and Collins Fai.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘crazy enough’ to enter dancing show

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is too desperate to make an appearance on the British television show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.According to Daily Star, Klopp feels that he is ‘bold and crazy enough’ to enter the famous dance show.”Jurgen is always dancing around the training ground and bouncing along the touchline during games. He feels he’s got what it takes to have a go at Strictly,” said a source to the publication.Klopp’s wife also believes that he will not be bothered with confidence issues on the show due to his outgoing personality.If the former defender is serious of participating in the show, he’ll have to ask for time off from club chiefs, which seems quite unlikely as he is ‘the manager’ of Liverpool.last_img

AIFF issues statement after Gourav Mukhi gets embroiled in age fraud controversy

first_imgJamshedpur FC player Gourav Muhki has been a part of a major controversy since the past couple of days after he scored a goal for his club against Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League 2018-19 and was announced as the youngest ever ISL goalscorer.Soon, the social media went abuzz with how the footballer did not look like a 16-year-old at all and then his name emerged as one of those Jharkhand footballers who were found to be underage during the U-15 national championships in 2015.Back in 2015, one of the biggest scams in domestic football emerged after Jharkhand thrashed Goa 8-3 to win the national title, where Gourav had scored a hat-trick. But Jharkhand were stripped of the title after it was found that five of the seven players who were picked as the U-17 World Cup team prospects were overage.At that time, reports had mentioned Gourav as one of the overage players, which meant he was at least 16 years old then. Three years later, he was introduced as a 16-year-old in the ISL.83′ It took Gourav 10 minutes to go from being the youngest ever player to becoming the youngest ever goal scorer in the history of the #HeroISL! What a way to make your debutBEN 1-1 JAM#LetsFootball #BENJAM #FanBannaPadegaIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 7, 2018With the matter gaining heat, AIFF released a statement where they mentioned two different age declarations by Gourav and that the matter “will be referred to the relevant committee”.”Jamshedpur FC player Gourav Mukhi who had earlier given a declaration that his DOB was 04/05/1999 has now submitted documents to the CRS system referring that his DOB is 04/05/2002.advertisement”The Centralised Registration System (CRS) which registers in-detailed information of every single player for AIFF was not implemented for the National Championships and the State Associations in 2015, but later.Also read – Indian Super League: Cidoncha’s last gasp strike denies Bengaluru win over Jamshedpur”The discrepancy in the DOBs will be referred to the relevant committee for further appropriate action,” AIFF said in a statement.Last year in the ISL, a couple of banners were also raised in order to bring awareness about age fraud and how deeply it sits in Indian football. The banners said – “Stay Your Age” and “Don’t Age Cheat”.In the @IndSuperLeague final, two banners raising awareness over age fraud, an epidemic in Indian football.Stay Your AgeDon’t Age CheatFollow the campaign: https://t.co/BVE1CgyGh7 pic.twitter.com/Ow2PrKJyktAkarsh Sharma (@Akarsh_Official) March 21, 2018Gourav came as a substitute for Jamshedpur at the Kanteevara Stadium on Sunday during their match against Bengaluru FC. With Bengaluru leading 1-0 courtesy a brilliant strike from Nishu Kumar, Gourav scored the equaliser as Jamshedpur restored parity.Beating the defender with pace. Adjusting himself to take a shot. Slotting the ball past a hapless @GurpreetGK. Cartwheeling in celebration.A goal and a moment to remember for the local lad! #JamKeKhelo #BENJAMpic.twitter.com/iPG8P5D4z9Jamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) October 8, 2018The match ended at 2-2 with Sunil Chhetri and Sergio Cidoncha scoring two goals.Jamshedpur FC is yet to respond age fraud dispute regarding Gourav Mukhi.last_img read more

9 months agoEx-Wolves midfielder Andrews slams Liverpool pair Sturridge, Shaqiri

first_imgEx-Wolves midfielder Andrews slams Liverpool pair Sturridge, Shaqiriby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves midfielder Keith Andrews was unimpressed by Liverpool for their FA Cup defeat on Monday.Andrews pulled no punches when looking back on the match and picked out Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri for particular criticism.Speaking to Off The Ball, Andrews said: “A few of those Liverpool players need to have a good look in the mirror after their performances, some of them were shocking, they’re fringe players and it shows they haven’t got the strength in depth.”There’s talk of Sturridge getting a new contract, but I don’t know where that’s come from.”Shaqiri only got going when the big boys came on, he was having a sulk up. Fabinho at the back, forget about it.“I wanted to bring up that issue from that game, I wasn’t watching it in depth, it was on at home, the first half, in particular, was horrendous.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

SRC Encourages Persons to Use Its Standardisation Services

first_imgThe Scientific Research Council (SRC) is encouraging persons to utilise their standardisation services in food product development.“If you have a product that you have been developing at home for a while, and you have interest in commercialising that product, we are able to take you through the steps, applying a scientific process to ensure that you can get a standardised product that is consistent for the consumer,” Food Product Development Team Leader at the SRC, Valmo Wynter, said at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (April 6).He said that standardisation allows you to produce at a consistent quality, and also allows the entrepreneur to do a proper costing of the product.For his part, Executive Director of the SRC, Dr. Cliff Riley, emphasised that to compete on the international market, products must be of a certain quality.He added, further, that the Council’s pilot plant is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, so utilising these services gives entrepreneurs better access to international markets.The Executive Director outlined that “at the SRC, our paramount thrust is stimulating job creation and, in turn, stimulating economic growth in Jamaica using science and technology”.He highlighted the creativeness of Jamaicans, referring to the common site of motorised handcarts or bicycles with engines on Jamaican roads.“How do we capture that creativity and move it towards products that are standardised, which can be scaled, which can be reproduced and which are acceptable globally,” he said.“When you come in to us with your idea, and we discuss those ideas with you, our team of scientists will work with you to ensure you develop high-quality products,” Dr. Riley said.Meanwhile, Manager, Food Research and Development unit at the SRC, Dr. Chara Watson, said “you can formulate, you can develop, you can make your product, but is it market-ready; that is where the SRC comes in”.“We get you from the idea stage to a commercially viable product with the required quality and safety standard for market,” Dr. Watson said.last_img read more

Awaiting instructions from central leadership on forming govt Yeddyurappa

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa Wednesday said he was awaiting instructions from his party central leadership on staking claim to form an alternative government in the state. The 14-month old Congress-JDS coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy collapsed on Tuesday after losing the vote of confidence in the assembly in a climax to three-week long intense power struggle. “I’m awaiting instructions from Delhi. I can call legislature party meeting any time and go to Raj Bhavan (to stake claim). I’m waiting for it,” Yeddyurappa told reporters after meeting RSS leaders at its state headquarters “Keshava Krupa” here. Noting that it was because of the blessings and cooperation of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, he has grown from taluk to state level to become Chief Minister, he said, “I have come here to take blessings from elders of Sangh Parivar before taking next step.” BJP Parliamentary Board is expected to meet in Delhion Wednesday to give a go ahead to Yeddyurappa regarding government formation. Senior BJP legislator J C Madhuswamy said, “party national president Amit Shah has to instruct us to call a legislature party meeting in the presence of an observer to elect the leader.” He said, “things have to go democratically as ours is a national party, so we are waiting for instructions from them, after that appointment with Governor will be sought.” In the trial of legislative strength, Kumaraswamy had garnered 99 votes against the 105 by the BJP.last_img read more

AIFF eyes football renaissance with Baby Leagues

first_imgNew Delhi: From the Kashmir Valley to the north eastern corner of Lunglei, ‘Baby Leagues’ are mushrooming all across India with the national football federation’s backing to catch them as young as six and lay the foundation for a “better future” for the sport. Launched in September last year, Baby Leagues have been a hit in the Kashmir Valley, Mizoram, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. States like Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Punjab are also catching up with the trend. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBaby Leagues are organised in seven age groups of Under-6, Under-7, Under-8, Under-9, Under-10, Under-11 and Under-12. The number of participating children reached 21,471 last year itself and it rose to 43,575 this year, according to the figures provided by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The number of registered teams was 5,335 last year while 21,130 matches were played in all. The AIFF decided to rechristen the initiative as ‘Golden Baby League’ from this year onwards and the first edition was held in Meghalaya recently. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterLast year, the AIFF gave a subsidy of Rs 85,000 each to Baby Leagues of 99 age groups run by 30 license holders, from the $250,000 fund sanctioned by world football governing body FIFA under its Forward Programme. “We need to create a competitive environment in which the players are developing their creativity, self-expression, passion of the game and discovering the value of friendship throughout the team. That was the idea of these Baby Leagues,” AIFF Technical Director Isac Doru told PTI. “The formative years of a child have always been the bedrock of a successful footballing culture. The AIFF is now stressing to popularise the sport among the kids. We aim to have every kid playing football especially from ages U-6 to U-12. The more they play, the more Indian football will benefit,” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said. The Kashmir Valley conducted 15 Baby Leagues last year with kids of under-11 category taking their first steps towards ‘The Beautiful Game’. These 15 leagues were run by five operators — International School Baby League and Presentation Convent Baby League in Srinagar, ETIHAD Baby League at Pulwama, DFA Kulgam Baby League and Sanctorum Baby League at Sopore. Two leagues — one each in Srinagar and Kulgam — were exclusively for girls. “We have received great response not only from Srinagar but from everywhere in Jammu and Kashmir, may be because of Real Kashmir’s performance in the I-League,” J&K Development Officer Bilal Punjabi said. “A Baby League in Baramulla is in the pipeline,” he added. In Pulwama, where more than 40 CRPF personnel died in a terrorist attack in February, two Baby Leagues were run in quick succession last year with 192 kids across U-9, U-10 and U-11 age groups participating in 168 matches. “We had conducted a snow league also which was an instant hit among the kids. As per FIFA guidelines, we used red paint for line-marking and fluorescent yellow ball. Almost 200 kids poured in for the snow league as well as the regular one,” added Punjabi, who is one of the 11 development officers appointed by the AIFF across the country. “Kulgam is one of the troubled areas but when we needed (to run the Baby League) it delivered big time. 189 kids who were divided into eight teams across U-9, U-10 and U-11 age groups, played 168 matches,” he said. There is another Baby League in Ladakh in four age groups, which also got subsidy from the AIFF. For U-6 kids, it is three-a-side match divided into four quarters of six minutes each with a two-minute break in between. For U-7 and U-8 kids, It can be 4 vs 4 or 5 vs 5 in two halves of 12 minutes each with a four-minute break in between. The number of players each side can go up to 11 in U-11 and U-12 and they play in two halves of 25 minutes each with an eight-minute break in between. Till U-8 or 6 vs 6, there is no goalkeeper and the maximum goalposts dimension is 1.82×1.22m. The recommended matches per day is three till U-8 and maximum match days per week is two. The fields are smaller, starting from 10x15m to 12x20m size for 3 vs 3 matches for U-6 kids. The Baby Leagues are registered through an app run by the AIFF. The operators are given license by the AIFF after consultation with the concerned state association which inspects the ground and capacity of the organisers. The operators have to conduct at least three age-group leagues and have at least eight teams registered to get an AIFF license.last_img read more

Simplii joins BMO in offering free credit monitoring after potential breach

first_imgTORONTO – CIBC’s direct banking brand Simplii Financial has joined BMO in offering free credit monitoring for tens of thousands of customers whose personal and financial information may have been accessed by “fraudsters.”A CIBC spokesman says the bank is replacing affected clients’ bank cards and taking additional steps to monitor and protect the approximately 40,000 Simplii clients who may have been impacted by the breach.BMO said yesterday it was offering free credit monitoring, and will additionally block online and mobile access to accounts of those affected, which the bank believes is fewer than 50,000.Both banks are also vowing to return 100 per cent of any money lost by impacted customers through the incident.BMO said it learned of the potential breach on Sunday when it was contacted by individuals claiming to be in possession of its clients sensitive information and threatening to make it public.CIBC learned of the potential issue on the same day, and says it continues to reach out to those that have been impacted to offer support.last_img read more

On Youth Day UN officials urge Member States to make young people

Marking International Day of Youth, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that no one knows better than young people the issues at stake in today’s rapidly changing world or the best way to respond, and declared: “That is why I am calling on young people to speak out – and I am urging leaders to listen.” As the world changes with unprecedented speed, young people are proving to be invaluable partners who can advance meaningful solutions, the Secretary-General stated in a message issued for the Day, observed each year on 12 August. “Youth movements and student groups are challenging traditional power structures and advocating a new social contract between States and societies. Young leaders have contributed fresh ideas, taken proactive measures, and mobilized through social media as never before,” said Mr. Ban. This year’s theme – ‘Youth Civic Engagement’ – emphasizes the involvement and inclusion of young people in building social cohesion and collective well-being, underlined Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in her message on the Day. “From social entrepreneurs to journalists, from voluntary workers to members of community organizations, young people contribute to shaping society to lead it towards political, cultural and economic renewal,” she stressed. As world leaders prepare to adopt a bold new vision for sustainable development next September, the engagement of youth is more valuable than ever, assured the Secretary-General. “At this critical moment in history, I call on young people to demand and foster the dramatic progress so urgently needed in our world.”“Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are for you – and will only be achieved with you,” the Secretary-General added during an event organized in New York by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Calling today’s youth the “SDG generation,” he urged member states to include young people in the delegations for the upcoming summit to adopt the agenda. Convinced that volunteerism is an “ideal” way to improve society, Mr. Ban, in his message, also encouraged youth to join forces with the UN in moving to the implementation phase. “I stand with the world’s young people in calling for measures to secure human rights, economic progress, environmental stewardship and social inclusion.” In support of their aims, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, is working to mobilize the “largest generation of young people in history to turn the world we want into the world we deserve”, Mr. Ban noted, while Mrs. Bokova observed that young people must be considered as “drivers of change,” and not only beneficiaries or targets. UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi discusses why civic engagement and participation of youth is vital for achieving sustainable development. Credit: United Nations Today, Mr. Alhendawi is in the Philippines to open the 3rd Asian Youth Forum. He will also join the Filipino National Youth Day Celebration with 1,000 young people from the country, UN officials, government representatives, legislators, civil society partners, and donor organizations. At the UN Headquarters in New York, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development, is organizing an event to commemorate International Youth Day . In a recent interview with the UN News Service, Mr. Alhendawi said the message of this year’s Youth Day is one of hope. “This is unique year in the history of the United Nations; a year where we are adopting new Sustainable Development Goals a very bold promise for the future [and] a new climate change agreement. That is it is so fitting that we celebrate this International Youth day under the theme ‘Youth Civic Engagement,’ because I believe the password to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is engaging young people in their implementation.” Indeed, with the current cohort of young people the largest the world has ever seen, “the smart thing to do,” he continued, “is to engage them as partners in development and in implementation.” As such, he encouraged young people who are already active in their communities to step up their engagement. He also called on Governments to scale up their investments in young people and open more mechanism for them to be involved in decision-making processes. “For young people who are still in doubt about whether their participation will make a difference in the world, I invite them to come on board with the United Nations and be part of this global movement that is trying to eradicate extreme poverty in 15 years and put our planet on a path of sustainability. We have a very exciting time ahead and we need everybody to come on board,” he declared. read more

International recruiting an asset for Ohio State womens tennis

The OSU women’s tennis team currently has 4 international players occupying its roster in sophomore Ferny Angeles Paz (left), sophomore Miho Kowase, junior Grainne O’Neill and sophomore Gabriella De Santis.Credit: Whitney Wilson / Lantern reporterTraveling to America from a foreign country can be a big change, offering an unfamiliar culture with new languages and learning experiences for some international students.The Ohio State women’s tennis team (12-4, 5-0) has eight players on its roster. Only half of those players are from the United States. The other four have traveled thousands of miles from Peru, Japan, Ireland and Venezuela to become Buckeyes.Coach Melissa Schaub said she considers international players to be great assets for the team.“Tennis is a very international sport, so you see a lot of international players in college tennis,” Schaub said. “It is much more popular in other countries than it is here in the U.S. These girls have been traveling around the world since a young age playing tennis, which is something not every American gets to do.”She said it can be difficult selecting eight scholarship players who can easily adapt to the program.“Recruiting in general is probably one of the biggest aspects of our job,” Schaub said. “There are some really good international tournaments called the Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr where you get to see the international players but get to stay here in the U.S. Once you see what you’re looking for, then you will take a trip over there to meet their coach and their family before bringing them to the U.S. for a visit.”Schaub said the girls brought a lot of experience as far as tournaments and playing internationally. She said the four international players have been a great addition to the program as teammates who show support for one another.“We have a good mix of different players on our team, and the American kids get to have a little bit of culture,” Schaub said. “College athletics for any athlete is an amazing experience, but for the international players, it’s even more amazing in some ways because in most other countries it’s either you continue with school or you continue with tennis, and here they get to do both.”Sophomore Gabby De Santis from Venezuela said she would have been faced with that difficult decision in her home country. Santis added that one advantage of moving to America is learning about a new culture while continuing her tennis and academic careers.“It’s interesting to know different people that think in different ways,” Santis said. “It is much more competitive here than in Venezuela where I would not have had the opportunity to study and play at a collegiate level at the same time.”Sophomore Ferny Angeles Paz said her native country of Peru and the U.S. are different in many ways.“I’ve never played indoors in Peru. It is very different because we don’t have indoor courts,” Paz said. “It’s pretty tough here. Everyone is good, everyone practices hard, and every team is competitive, so it’s tough.”Japanese sophomore Miho Kowase said the opportunity to move to the U.S. has offered several difficulties and benefits beyond playing tennis.“It’s hard for me because my family is 13 hours time difference compared to America,” Kowase said. “My sister lives in Georgia, so that has really helped me adjust to living in America. Also, for me to learn English and being able to speak English is such a huge advantage in Japan.”Junior Grainne O’Neill from Ireland said Buckeye tradition is what has helped make her experience at OSU so gratifying.“It’s great, I feel like the whole Buckeye community really helped me out big time when I first moved here because I really did not know anything at all,” O’Neill said. “It’s just great to have people behind you. We have a whole team and our coaches and staff are great so they really have helped out big time. When we travel to different places you hear ‘O-H’ and ‘Go Bucks’ and that’s really nice.”With no seniors on the roster, all eight players are set to return next year for the 2015-16 season. In the meantime, the Buckeyes (12-4, 5-0) are set to take on Purdue on Friday in Columbus at 3 p.m. read more

Whole Foods developing Kinectdriven shopping cart

first_imgIf you fall into the category of people that think shopping is the worst kind of chore, you may want to check out the video above. It shows the progress of a three-week old project involving grocer Whole Foods and Austin-based studio Chaotic Moon to develop a Kinect controlled smart shopping cart. The goal is to create a shopping experience that is both easy and convenient for Whole Foods customers.The result is a pretty incredible prototype that is able to follow you through the Whole Foods store, as well as scanning each item you put into your cart and comparing it against a shopping list that you created at home. Have a food allergy? The cart will let you know when you have decided to purchase something that could react with your system. Along with this, the cart can also guide and tell you where each item is located in the store. The best part is that when you want to check out, there’s no need to go through a line since you have already scanned all your items in! Payment is handled through credit card information that is stored with your account, leaving the only choice you have to make in the store being whether or not you want someone to help bag your items.The functionality mentioned above was accomplished by pairing a Kinect device with what looks like a Windows 8 tablet (how I wish I could get my grubby paws on one). Connected via USB, both the Kinect and attached bar-code scanner feed information to the application running on the tablet to interact with the data stored in your account. The Kinect tracks your movement as well as voice commands to enable the cart to push itself along behind as you browse the aisles looking for the foodstuffs you are after.The Whole Foods smart shopping cart is something that will make me actually want to go back to the store just to play with. Chaotic Moon might just be onto something with this project. There is no word on when it will be put into full use at your local Whole Foods, but you can bet that we will be right beside you in line to get a chance to use them when they first come out!via Geek Wirelast_img read more

Cascarino Hazard disrespected the false nine role

first_imgEx-Chelsea star Tony Cascarino believes Eden Hazard had no regard for team play in their 2-1 win over Newcastle on SaturdayManager Maurizio Sarri again opted to start Hazard in a “false nine” role at Stamford Bridge due to Chelsea’s current struggles up front.The Italian’s bold move has paid off over recent games with Hazard proving to be a capable centre-forward.But the Belgian’s showing over the weekend left one old Chelsea striker irritated, despite providing Willian with the assist for the match-winning goal.“I went to Chelsea on Saturday and Eden Hazard disrespected the false nine role,” Cascarino wrote on The Times.“He was flicking everything that came his way with no regard for team play.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He’s normally the one running on to the flicks but when you are asked to do a job for the team, do it properly.“He’s a wonderful player but I wasn’t impressed, it was like a Harlem Globetrotters approach.”Cascarino also added that it’s necessary that Sarri resolves Chelsea’s problems in attack with AC Milan loanee Gonzalo Higuain being linked with a move this month.He added: “There’s no way it’s [Hazard as a false nine] a long-term solution for Maurizio Sarri.“They need to get a central striker in quickly.”Chelsea will travel to the Emirates Stadium this Saturday to face London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League.last_img read more

Hiphop minister recovering after rare double lung transplant

first_imgFrom here, Stigale will have to come back for follow ups, but he’s expected to live a long, healthy life.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – MIAMI (WSVN) — A South Florida hip-hop minister is going home after receiving a life-saving double lung transplant, something he calls, “a miracle.”Joel Stigale is a minister at Catalyst Hip Hop, a place where hip-hop is used to promote a life without drugs, crime and violence.But last fall, life took a spin for this minister.“I knew I had something going on with my lungs, but we didn’t have a diagnosis,” said Stigale. “I used to do gang ministry, so life and death was always a reality, but this became very real because it wasn’t something I could control.”Joel started off with a lingering cough. But one day, he started having trouble breathing as he climbed up a hill, and that is when he realized something serious was going on. “It got to the point to walk three feet was like running a marathon. It would take me a half hour to recover.”Stigale was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). It’s a disease with no known cause or cure.His lungs were working at just 20 percent. “It’s a fairly common disease, actually,” said UHealth transplant surgeon Dr. Matthias Loebe. “More patients die from IPF than from breast cancer every year, but it’s not known in the community because these patients die very quickly.”The only cure is a lung transplant.“So it’s a real fight against the clock,” added Loebe.But just 10 days after getting on the National Transplant Waiting List, a donor was found.“Rough but a blessing. A miracle,” said Stigale.Immediately, UHealth surgeons were able to perform the rare, double lung transplant. “when we first consulted him, the patient was so weak, he couldn’t even squeeze his wife’s hand,” UHealth rehabilitation doctor Dr. Seema Khurana.Now, seven months later, he’s holding his wife’s hand and ready to go back to his ministry. But his family at Catalyst Hip Hop beat him to it in true hip-hop style, right outside Jackson Memorial Hospital. last_img read more

Readers Digest Considering Name Change

first_imgLeader’s DigestReader’s NastEveryday, Inc.The House that Rachael BuiltPurpose DrivenPleasantville PublishingEscape From Condé NastMary Berner OmnimediaFDA Along with its coverage of the Reader’s Digest Association’s mega deal with a mega church to produce a magazine and a social networking site RDA calls a “Facebook for Christians,” the New York Times reports that RDA CEO Mary Berner is “casting about” for a new name for the company.We’ve heard rumblings about this since as early as September. It appears that even Berner—who has been somewhat of a lightning rod since coming over to Pleasantville from Condé Nast—is having a tough time deciding on one.So, in the spirit of community, I thought it’d be fun—and useful!—to collectively brainstorm new names for Reader’s Digest. Here are some suggestions from the FOLIO: staff. Feel free to add yours in the comments section below.last_img read more

OBITUARY Donald Stephen Tucker 87

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Donald Stephen Tucker, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his wife Marguerite at his side on January 19, 2019.Donald was born in Worcester, MA on March 8, 1931; he was the dear son of the late Edward and Agnes Tucker. Donald was raised in Worcester; he attended Upsala Street School in Worcester, Clarke School in Northampton, and Worcester Trade High School in Worcester.Donald was an exceptional athlete in basketball and baseball. He was inducted into the New England Athletic Association of the Deaf Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.In 1954, Donald married the “love of his life” Marguerite (Beauregard) Tucker; the couple moved to Worcester, Springfield, Agawam, and then Wilmington (1964) where they raised their family. Donald was a very devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.Donald was known to be a man of great faith and wisdom; he was a member of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington and Sacred Heart Church in Newton for many years.Donald was also a hard worker and a life-long wood patternmaker. Donald was creative, artistic and articulate about his work. In later years, he owned his own pattern shop in his garage.Donald was always helping others and was pro-active in his causes; he was one of the co-founders of the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf and was their first secretary/treasurer. He volunteered at the New England Homes for the Deaf in Danvers, the Learning Center in Framingham and in later years was a part-time DeafBlind provider.Donald will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his easy-going personality and for his love of America and its principles of freedom.Donald was a great guy who would do anything to help anyone; he loved his family and friends unconditionally and with all his heart. Donald will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.Donald was the beloved husband of Marguerite I. (Beauregard) Tucker of Wilmington, devoted father of Stephen G. Tucker of Wilmington, James E. Tucker of Middletown, MD and Maryjean Tucker of Swampscott. Loving grandfather of Bradford Tucker of Baltimore, MD and Claire Tucker of St. Paul, MN. Cherished son of the late Edward J. and Agnes (Mara) Tucker, dear brother of the late Agnes (Tucker) McGrath & her late husband Paul, the late Jean (Tucker) Kravsow & her late husband Irving, the late Edward Tucker, and Robert Tucker of Vernon, CT & his late wife Madeline Tucker. Donald was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Friday, January 25th for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory may be made to Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation, P. O. Box 636, Frederick, MD 21705, msd-foundation.org or to the New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923, nehd.org.Donald Tucker(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Raymond J. Spahl, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Floor debate set to begin on oil and gas tax bill

first_imgThe House could begin debate on the bill scaling back tax credits for oil and gas companies as soon as Friday.Download AudioRep. Chris Tuck. Tuck says he will seek to amend House Bill 247. (File photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)The House Rules Committee released its version of House Bill 247 Thursday.The bill doesn’t initially go as far as Governor Bill Walker’s proposal to reduce tax incentives. But it would save the state a similar amount to Walker’s proposal, beginning in 2020.Anchorage Democratic Representative Chris Tuck says he will seek to amend the bill. The bill gives priority for incentives to companies that hire Alaskans. But Tuck wants to include contractors and subcontractors as well.last_img

New House majority takes over on first day of session

first_imgRep. Bryce Edgmon was in his office shortly before being sworn in as the first Alaska House speaker of Alaska Native heritage. (Photo: Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and APRN)On January 17, the 30th Alaska State Legislature was sworn into office. It faces a fiscal crisis that’s grown over the past four years, as oil revenue declined.Listen nowFor the first time in 24 years, there will be a new House majority. A coalition of 17 Democrats, three Republicans and two independents took over from the longtime Republican-led majority.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott gaveled in the session.Dillingham Democrat Bryce Edgmon was elected speaker. New Anchorage Republican Rep. David Eastman was the only vote against Edgmon.“We stand here in a moment of time, knowing that Alaska’s facing a fiscal crisis unlike any other times in its short history,” Edgmon said.Alaska’s state government is still spending more than $3 billion more than it’s raising in oil revenue, taxes and fees. And it’s not clear yet if the state will have enough money to fund services like schools at current levels, or whether it will make changes to the Permanent Fund dividend.The House majority came together with a goal of reaching a budget plan that will include both new taxes and spending cuts.Edgmon said that while nothing is off of the table for budget cuts, the fiscal solution can’t depend on deep cuts to schools and health and social services.“Our caucus doesn’t believe we have room to make those major reductions,” Edgmon said. “We’ve already made a lot of reduction heretofore,  and that the next step is to tackle those very different choices when it comes towards generating new revenues.”Edgmon said he’ll face a challenge in steering legislation through.“With the narrow margin that we have in the House of Representatives – it’s a 22-18 majority-minority split – that the speaker’s role might be more pronounced this session than perhaps at times in the past,” Edgmon said.House Minority Leader Charisse Millett faces her own challenge. Eight of the 18 members of the Republican caucus are new to the Legislature. But the Anchorage Republican said they’re ready to work.“Our new caucus is fantastic,” Millett said. “The eight members just bring added experience – there’s a lot of municipal government experience.”While Edgmon said the majority looks forward to working with Gov. Bill Walker’s administration to close an $890 million hole in the budget, Millett was sharply critical of the gap that Walker left in his spending plan.“For me, (it) was a little disingenuous,” Millett said. “He is the leader. He’s the governor. He’s supposed to put forward a budget. We’re supposed to review it.”The first day of the legislative session also marked a historic moment that Edgmon noted in his remarks.“It’s certainly not lost on me, as profound as this moment is for personally, that this is also a moment in history for – I sit here as the first speaker of the House of Representatives of Alaska Native heritage,” Edgmon said.Edgmon has Aleut heritage. He said he hopes he’s the first in a long line of Alaska Native House speakers.last_img read more

7 new municipal corporations to come up in Telangana

first_imgThe state government is planning to set up seven new municipal corporations in Telangana in addition to the six municipal corporations including GHMC. With this, the count of the total municipal corporations will touch to 13. Explaining the features of the new municipal act, the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that the Bandangpet, Bandlguda Jagir, Boduppal, Peerzadiguda, Meerpet Jillelaguda, Nizampet and Jawaharnagar will be made as municipal corporations. Besides the 13 municipal corporations, there will be 128 municipalities in the state. The chief minister said that all these municipal corporations have to co-ordinate with each other to resolve the issues of the municipalities.last_img