McConnell proposes raising minimum age for buying tobacco

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally.The Senate leader said Thursday his bill will cover all tobacco products, including vaping devices.The Kentucky Republican represents a state that for generations was a leading tobacco producer in the U.S. Tobacco production has dropped dramatically in Kentucky in the past decade.McConnell says his bill will continue to hold retailers responsible for verifying the age of anyone buying tobacco products. He says about a dozen states have already enacted laws raising the minimum legal age to 21.McConnell made the announcement in Louisville, at the office of an organization that promotes health initiatives in Kentucky. He intends to introduce the bill next month.Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press read more

All stakeholders to be briefed on ETCA and China FTA

The Minister also said that Sri Lanka is looking at strengthening its economy through agreements like those to be signed with India and China.He said that Sri Lanka is to also sign an agreement with a Chinese company over the Hambantota port.The Minister said the Hambantota port has been operating at a loss and the Government is not in a position to cover those losses. The Government today informed Parliament that all stakeholders will be briefed on the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperative Agreement (ETCA) with India and the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China.President Maithripala Sirisena assured Parliament, approval will be sought on the Indo-Lanka agreement. “Nothing has been finalised. This is only at a discussion stage,” he said. Meanwhile, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama also said that concerns being raised on ETCA are misleading.He said that since the agreement has not been finalised any concerns raised on ETCA are baseless. He said that if there are any concerns on the agreement the clauses which rise concerns will be amended. He said that Sri Lanka hopes to earn approximately USD 1.2 a month from the agreement with the Chinese company. (Colombo Gazette) read more

This Years Cubs Might Be Better Than The Incredible 27 Yankees

Anchored by a legendary lineup of hitters dubbed Murderers’ Row, the ’27 Yankees scored 975 runs and allowed only 599, outscoring foes by 2.4 per game (which also ranks No. 2 all-time). Babe Ruth had one of the finest seasons of his career, setting a single-season home run mark, which wouldn’t be broken until 1961. And Ruth wasn’t the only slugger in the lineup: Lou Gehrig (also a member of those dominant ’39 Yankees), had his best season, as well. Altogether, four members of that vaunted batting order would go on to make the Hall of Fame.But as historic a run as the 1927 Yankees had, we are now seeing what might be an even better Cubs team. Through 53 games — about a third of the season — only four teams accrued a higher run differential than this year’s Cubs squad: the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1912 New York Giants, 1929 Philadelphia Athletics and the 1939 Yankees. (Through 53 games, the ’27 Yankees’ +124 margin ranks 10th all time.) And if the Cubs continue their outstanding individual performances, they’ll crush the 1927 Yankees’ record for most WAR in a season — by about six full wins. Especially after accounting for the increase in parity over MLB’s history, this Cubs run stands out as startlingly impressive.The Cubs have stumbled slightly from their unsustainable 24-6 start, but they are still outscoring the opposition by 2.6 runs per game. If they can continue at that level, Chicago will surpass the ’27 Yankees’ total run differential around the 145th game of the season, giving them another 17 games to challenge the ’39 Yankees’ all-time record. So even as we remember the greatness of 1927 Yankees, we are also witnessing history unfold with this season’s Cubs team. Our colleagues at ESPN are spending much of this year on an innovative history project documenting the 1927 season of the New York Yankees. A look at the numbers explains the focus on that legendary team, and it’s difficult to overstate their dominance. Sure, the Yankees racked up 110 wins that year and easily swept the World Series, but even those accomplishments don’t fully do the team justice. More than just crushing opponents, the Yankees left them in shock. Opposing first baseman Joe Judge summed it up best: “Those fellows not only beat you, but they tear your hearts out.”According to FanGraphs’ wins above replacement, the ’27 Yankees’ 66.3 total WAR makes them the best team of the modern era.1Going back to the American League’s first major-league season in 1901. By a more conventional metric like run differential, their +376 scoring margin ranks second–best in baseball history, trailing only the 1939 Yankees’ +411 mark. Both are good statistics for encapsulating a team’s overall dominance — its ability to tear out hearts, if you will — and hardly any teams have posed a threat to the ’27 Yankees’ legacy in the last 89 years.But they could potentially have company this season in the form of the Chicago Cubs. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball drops regular season finale 31 against No 1

Junior middle blocker Dustan Neary runs to return a ball during a game against Loyola (Chicago)April 11at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Logan Hickman / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team couldn’t muster a win in its last regular season game.OSU ended its regular season schedule with a 3-1 loss against No. 1 Loyola (Chicago) Friday at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes (11-15, 6-8) took on the Ramblers (24-1, 14-0) Friday for the second time this season. The previous match also ended in a loss for the Buckeyes, as they fell, 3-0, Feb. 1 in Chicago.The Buckeye defense was strong throughout the match but could not hold its own against Loyola’s offense.Defensively, OSU doubled up Loyola in blocks, 10-5. Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy and junior middle blocker Dustan Neary — the reigning Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week — led the way up front, each getting in on five blocks.Redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen said the Ramblers played to their strengths of solid serving and scoring near the antennas throughout the game to come out on top.“Loyola has great service pressure and two of the best pin attackers in the country,” Heinen said, referring to sophomore Thomas Jaeschke and junior Cody Caldwell, who finished with 19 and 18 kills respectively.This season OSU has struggled getting all of the new players to work together, with eight freshmen and three redshirt-freshmen on the roster, and that has been a main issue this year, Heinen said.“We struggled with our consistency. That is going to happen when you have so many freshmen playing key roles, and we are still working to try and figure that out. When we have been able to put together a consistent effort from everyone on the floor, great things happen,” he said. “The ability is there, we just need to find a way to bring it every point.”Senior libero Michael Piechowski said another season-long struggle has been playing at a steady, high level.“Our struggle has been our consistency in matches and really staying aggressive against every opponent. As you know, our team is very young and we have a lot of freshmen. I would say our biggest improvement has been their ability to come ready to play and bring it,” he said.Senior middle blocker Jonathan Newton agreed, saying the players vary by matches.“Some games we will have one player playing good and another having an off game, and that has thrown us off during games. Like our coach said, we just need everyone to play the 80 percent level of good volleyball all the time and we will be able to beat anyone,” Newton said.OSU also celebrated its seniors in their last match of the regular season and in Columbus. The honored players included libero Danny Baker, Newton, Piechowski and Heinen, who will not be returning to OSU next year.Next up for the Buckeyes is the MIVA tournament, and their first match is set for Saturday against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Ind. read more

Watch Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo Has More Moves Than You

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target A dancing cockatoo named Snowball achieved YouTube and late-night talk show fame back in 2009, when he was filmed grooving to a Backstreet Boys song. But it turns out Snowball’s dancing talent is not limited to a few simple moves like head bobbing and foot lifting.A team of researchers have presented new evidence that Snowball responds to music with diverse and spontaneous movements using various parts of his body, and has taught himself 14 different dance moves.The finding, described in the journal Current Biology, suggests that dancing to music isn’t an arbitrary product of human culture but a response to music that arises when certain cognitive and neural capacities come together in animal brains, the researchers say.“What’s most interesting to us is the sheer diversity of his movements to music,” said senior author Aniruddh Patel, a psychologist at Tufts University and Harvard University, noting that Snowball developed those moves without any training.Patel authored a previous study that confirmed that Snowball could move to the beat, which was notable in part because dancing is a natural ability in humans that’s absent in other primates.Soon after that study, Snowball’s owner and an author on the new paper, Irena Schulz, noticed that Snowball was making movements to music she hadn’t seen before.Researchers decided to study Snowball’s dance moves and look for similarities to humans’ dancing, specifically diversity in the movements and body parts used when responding to music. To do this, the team filmed Snowball grooving to ’80s songs “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper. They played each of the tunes for him three times for a total of 23 minutes.The study’s first author R. Joanne Jao Keehn, a cognitive neuroscientist and a trained dancer, then used frame-by-frame analysis with the audio muted. She focused on each “dance movement” or sequence of repeated movements. The movements of interest were clearly intentional, but Snowball wasn’t making them to achieve any plausible external goal.“Snowball developed this behavior spontaneously,” Patel told the Washington Post. “He was never given a food reward for any of this. He was never taught to make dance moves.”The video captured Snowball completing a diverse repertoire of 14 dance movements and two composite movements. He bobs, swings, and circles his head around in several different ways, sometimes in coordination with foot lifts or other movements.Unlike the way humans normally dance, Snowball tended to dance in snippets of about three or four seconds, the researchers said. Each time he heard a particular tune he danced a little differently, a sign of flexibility and the researchers speculate, even creativity.Virtually none of the movements were what anyone would consider natural for a cockatoo. “Certainly, they do movements as part of courtship,” Patel said. “But many of the moves we see in this study are things nobody has ever reported in the wild in terms of cockatoo behavior.”Snowball isn’t the first parrot to move to the music, but there have been questions about how such moves are acquired. In the study, researchers propose that the reason humans and parrots share a natural ability to dance may arise from the convergence of five traits: vocal learning; the capacity for nonverbal movement imitation; a tendency to form long-term social bonds; the ability to learn complex sequences of actions; and attentiveness to communicative movements.Read the full study here.More on Geek.com:Orphaned Baby Bird Gets Sold Uber Ride to Utah Rehab CenterEndangered Baby Kakapo Parrot Gets World-First Brain SurgeryParrot ‘Falls in Love’ With Amazon Alexa, UsesI It to Order Treatslast_img read more

Jimmy Conrad says why he still loves football

first_imgThe former American player is still organizing matches in his spare time as he cannot stop playing the beautiful gameFormer American defender Jimmy Conrad has been organizing five-a-side football matches because he just love the game so much.“It’s fantastic, I did a pick-up game in Barcelona and I didn’t think much of it,” he told Goal.“By the time we got to Manchester, the following event, basically every single competitor there had brought their boots and were asking me if we were doing another game!”Christian Pulisic, ChelseaChristian Pulisic praises Frank Lampard impact at Chelsea Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Christian Pulisic opened up on just how much “great guy” Frank Lampard has helped him out since he joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund.“Everybody wanted to be involved, maybe it takes off the pressure because those guys had been preparing so hard, playing for months in order to qualify for that event,” he said about the chance to play against gamers.“I think the players needed a release, somewhere they could go out and just be friends.”“It was amazing, we had about 40-50 guys come out. It’s been nice to see just how strong this community is outside of competition but even then everyone is so supportive,” he commented.“It’s very unique where if someone gets knocked out, they go right over to their friends and try to give them tips. It’s such a positive environment.”last_img read more

Pellegrini admits Chicharitos goal was a handball

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini admits Javier Hernandez’s equaliser against Fulham was indeed a handball on Friday night.The Mexican striker, more commonly known as Chicharito, netted his 50th Premier League goal with his arm after initially appearing to have headed the ball into the net from a yard out following Robert Snodgrass’ corner.Chicharito’s strike cancelled out Ryan Babel’s opener for Fulham at the London Stadium before Issa Diop’s header found the net to put West Ham 2-1 up heading into the break.Michail Antonio then added a third goal in stoppage-time to hand the Hammers a first win in five matches.But the talking point after the game was naturally all about Chicharito’s equaliser, who’s “helping hand” proved to play a decisive part of West Ham’s recovery.“I’ve seen it now, it’s handball but nobody really saw very clearly,” Pellegrini admitted to Sky Sports.“The Fulham players didn’t complain much about it, maybe they didn’t see if it was the head or hand, but I don’t think it decided the game. We scored two more and created plenty more chances.“We started the game sleeping, the first 10 minutes were unbelievable, they created chances, scored the goal and had another shot wide, but after those 10 minutes we played very well.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We scored three goals, had three or four clear chances and they didn’t have any more clear-cut opportunities.”Once more this season, West Ham again struggled during the opening phase of the game with former Liverpool star Babel punishing them by scoring his first Fulham goal in the third minute.“You never know the reason why but maybe we are a little bit struggling with instruction at the moment,” said Pellegrini on West Ham’s slow starts this term.“The important thing was that we changed the attitude.”Pellegrini’s side, who are currently ninth in the Premier League table, will next face reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.50 – Javier Hernandez has become the first Mexican player to score 50 Premier League goals; all 50 have been scored inside the box. Opportunist. #WHUFUL pic.twitter.com/4I8fIVwFPF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2019last_img read more

Just in Time for Foster Youth to hold college bound celebration

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Dozens of foster youth who’ve beat the odds to head for college will start their journey with help from Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT) through its College Bound service.College Bound provides young people with everything they need to succeed in higher education, including school supplies, electronics, household items and a community with ongoing support.JIT will host the College Bound kick-off “pep rally” at the San Diego Central Library on Saturday, June 15, 2019, with the College Bound Awards following on Saturday, June 29, 2019.To learn more about College Bound, volunteer opportunities or how to invest, please visit www.jitfosteryouth.org Posted: June 14, 2019 June 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Just in Time for Foster Youth to hold college bound celebration Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Everglades brush fire contained after burning 6800 acres in Broward MiamiDade

first_img#HolidayFire has been controlled. Final Acres burned is 6800.— Scott Peterich (@FFS_Everglades) April 9, 2017According to fire officials, the direction of the wind did a 180 turn overnight. On Thursday, the wind was blowing south to north, but by early Friday morning, the wind started blowing southward. Several families who live at the camp rent out airboats.Meanwhile, in Cutler Bay, reports came in from the school board of a reported smoke situation at Bel-Aire Elementary School, located at 10205 S.W. 194th St.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Several students got sick from the smoke. “I was running, and then I noticed the ash coming, so I started to cough,” said student Darnelle Joubert.Nine-year-old LeBron Burns said the smokey conditions caused his asthma to kick in. “I started choking and coughing. It started to hurt, could hardly breathe,” he said.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to check out the students.Audrey Cain, Burns’ mother, came to pick him up. “I gotta go put him on a breathing treatment. They gave him a breathing treatment and stuff in the classroom back there,” she said.Physical Education classes were canceled for the day, and students were kept inside. Students at the school will be on spring break next week. In an attempt to control and contain the flames, airboat outdoorsmen at Mack’s Fish Camp created their own fire line. The airboats knocked down the tall grassy spots that helped feed flames.“We took our airboats in the back. We began to run a fire break, just to knock down the line in a straight line,” said Keith Jones at Mack’s Fish Camp.7News cameras later captured firefighters dousing the flames near the camp.“[I’ve seen] dozens of fires in my lifetime here in the area to the east of us, the Conservation Area 3B,” said Marshall Jones at the camp. “I’ve never seen a fire move faster than this one did today.”Forestry officials said crews are tactically burning off the high grass to the west of where the brush fire was burning in the morning in an effort to halt the spread of the flames into the camp or nearby mobile home parks. They are also using the canals in the area as a bumper to help contain the flames.“We were able to hold the fire and not allow it to go further south,” said Peterich.This is a multi-agency effort as they attempt to contain the fire and protect both Everglades Holiday Park and the fish camp. “I can’t stress enough that this was a true joint effort from all of the departments involved, led by the heavy lifting from the Florida Forestry firefighters,” said Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesperson Mike Jachles. The cause is still under investigation, but officials don’t believe the fire started naturally.No one has been injured, and no structures have been damaged.A smoke advisory remains in place throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties, except for coastal areas, until 8 a.m., Saturday.Heavy smoke is expected to cause some health issues as it continues to spread. The smoke may affect the elderly, young children and people with respiratory issues, so the best thing to do is stay inside, officials said.“People with any respiratory problems, the elderly and the young ones, infants and children, stay inside,” said Jachles.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesperson Maggie Castro echoed Jachles’ health warning. “Keep your windows at home closed to keep the ash and smoke out,” she said. “Try to keep your air conditioner on as long as possible to recirculate the air inside of your home, and keep the conditions as clean as possible in your home.”The Everglades Holiday Park remained closed on Friday. center_img WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews have finally gained the upper hand on a large brush fire that had ignited in the Florida Everglades on Wednesday and burned through parts of West Broward and Northwest Miami-Dade this weekend.According to Scott Peterich of the Florida Forestry Service, Mack’s Fish Camp was evacuated on Friday, and 20 structures at the fish camp are threatened by the fire, Friday afternoon. Officials said low humidity and winds are to blame for the fire spreading.7Skyforce HD hovered above the massive blaze in the area northwest of Krome Avenue and south of U.S. 27.As of 10 a.m., Sunday, about 6,600 acres of land and foliage had burned. Forestry officials tweeted out that the fire had finally been fully contained. One person from Bel-Aire Elementary has been transported to Baptist Hospital, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.On Wednesday, an evacuation was issued at Everglades Holiday Park due to the brush fire.Ash from the brush fire was also spotted in cars parked at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.The fire sparked at around 3 p.m., Wednesday, forest officials said, west of U.S. 27. By Thursday, the fire had burned over 900 acres of land and was about 20 percent contained. Residents and tourists were then ordered to evacuate out of Everglades Holiday Park while others planned to deal with the smoke.Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue and Forest Service units responded to the scene to evacuate Everglades Holiday Park.This marks the first time in 25 years that Everglades Holiday Park had closed.Conditions were dry in the area, and there were strong winds coming out of the south and southeast, pushing the fire north, earlier, Thursday. Meteorologists said weather conditions are going to remain favorable for the possibility of additional wildfires flaring up. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

WHS GIRLS TENNIS Wildcats Sweep Watertown

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Watertown, 5-0, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Wilmington High School.Wilmington senior Emily Hill defeated Jenna Petrie, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Carolyn Roney defeat Eva Kelleher, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington senior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Keishna Petal, 6-1, 6-0.Wilmington senior Jessica D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco defeated Mary Cimen and Banda Kaur, 6-0, 6-1.Wilmington sophomore Jess Murray and sophomore Johanna Robinson defeated Kristen Beach and Angelina Li, 6-0, 6-1.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… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Win Third Matchup In Three DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Suffer Losses To Winchester & LexingtonIn “Sports”last_img read more

Scholarships presented to meritorious students

first_imgHyderabad: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories on Tuesday presented scholarships to 58 students from Zilla Parishad High Schools in Hyderabad region, for the academic year 2018-2019. These scholarships are awarded to the students who completed their Secondary School Examination (SSC) with remarkable grades. Many schools surrounding Dr. Reddy’s manufacturing facilities produce top performers every year. However, most of these students discontinue their higher education due to lack of financial aid. To bridge this gap, under the School Improvement Program, the company identifies bright students every year and rewards them with the post SSC Scholarship. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Dr. Reddy’s firmly believes that access to a good education is every child’s right. Secondary education is the most crucial stage in the educational hierarchy as it prepares the students for higher education and the professional world. This scholarship programme is a step towards making secondary education accessible and affordable to all young students. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us School principle and local leaders awarded the scholarships to the students at Zilla Parishad High School, Inturu, in the presence of school authorities. For the academic year 2018-2019, Dr. Reddy’s has selected 504 students from 229 ZP High Schools from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (29 schools from Telangana and 200 Schools from Andhra Pradesh). The company has contributed Rs 54.40 lakh for this purpose. Advertise With Us Commenced in 2011, Dr. Reddy’s School Improvement Program (SIP) aims at ensuring continuous continuous quality education to students from less privileged backgrounds. The programme is mainly designed to help government schools in various academic and non-academic aspects such as remedial support for enhanced academic outcomes, scholarship to meritorious students, sports and co-curricular activities for overall student development and health education. The schools are also enabled with RO water filters, solar panels, libraries and better sanitation facilities.Through this program, Dr. Reddy’s has played an important role in shaping life of over 1.25 lakh students.last_img read more

10 killed as Turkish jets pound Kurdheld Syrian region

first_imgTurkish-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army stand in the Tal Malid area, north of Aleppo, as they fire towards Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in the village of Um al-Hosh, in the area of Afrin, on Saturday. Photo: AFPTurkish attacks in the Afrin region of northern Syria killed ten people on Saturday, mostly civilians, a spokesman for the Kurdish militia which controls the area said.“Seven civilians were killed, including a child, as well as two female fighters and one male fighter,” said Birusk Hasakeh, spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin, adding that the child was an eight-year-old boy.The YPG’s political branch, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said earlier on Saturday that 25 civilians had been wounded in the Turkish bombing.Ankara also said there were casualties but all of them were Kurdish militants.Afrin, a hilly region that falls in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, is home to more than a million people including displaced families.Turkey and allied Syrian rebels on Saturday began an air and ground operation, dubbed operation “Olive Branch”, aimed at ousting the YPG from the Kurdish-majority pocket.The launch came despite warnings that the operation could be militarily tough against an already battle-hardened foe and complicate relations with both Washington and Moscow.Russia on Saturday said its troops were withdrawing from the Afrin region, where they had been stationed to manage a buffer zone between Kurds and Turkish-backed rebels and also train Kurdish fighters.In a statement issued late Saturday, the YPG said it would “hold Russia responsible for these attacks just as much as Turkey.”“Russia will be responsible for all massacres carried out in the Afrin canton,” the YPG said.Turkey vehemently opposes the YPG because of its links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has waged an insurgency inside Turkey for three decades.last_img read more

Saluting the king of Kathak

first_imgNoted film maker, artist and social worker, Shri Muzaffar Ali and renowned sitarist, Debu Chaudhuri released Birju Maharaj: The Master Through My Eyes at a function organised at the India International Center. Birju Maharaj, who was present on the occasion, later spoke about his life and passion to regale the audience.Also present at the function were Jawar Sircar, CEO Prasar Bharati, and leading personalities in the field of art and theatre.  The publication aims to highlight the work and life of noted artists and is authored by his disciple, Saswati Sen. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Birju Maharaj is not only an unmatched Kathak dancer but also a superb vocalist, a generous teacher, and an imaginative painter. The book reveals how this icon of Indian dance, who is a mentor for thousands and an inspiration for countless people across the globe, is actually an unassuming, simple person outside his artistic world. Accompanied by rare photographs, this is a heartfelt tribute to a man who, among his many achievements, has spread awareness about the classical dance form of Kathak, not only in India, but abroad while touching innumerable lives along the way. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis memoir of the legendary Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj presents layers of his personality—his simplicity, modesty, generosity—as witnessed by one of his foremost disciples, Saswati Sen, who has known him for over forty-five years.Saswati Sen, regarded as one of the best exponents of the famous Lucknow gharana of Kathak, is the driving force behind Kalashram, Pandit Birju Maharaj’s dream institution. She has received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Sanskriti Award, the Shringar Mani Award and the Critic’s Recommendation Award. She has performed at the RIMPA (Ravi Shankar Institute for Music and Performing Arts) festival in Varanasi, the Kathak Prasang in Bhopal and Jaipur and the prestigious Khajuraho Festival of dance, among others.After her initial training under Reba Chatterjee Vidyarthi at the Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi, she was awarded the National Scholarship in 1969 by the Ministry of Culture. She then graduated to become one of the foremost disciples of Pandit Birju Maharaj.last_img read more

Watch 97yrold Veteran Paratrooper ReCreates his DDay Jump

first_img75 years later a veteran paratrooper has recreated his immortal D-Day jump. Tom Rice jumped out of a plane for the first time on D-Day, as he tried to reach the Normandy coast amid German soldiers’ firing into the sky. Now 97, the onetime U.S. paratrooper made the jump again, one of about 200 parachutists commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Rice, a San Diego resident, said afterward, “it went perfect, perfect jump,” according to the Associated Press. He continued, “I feel great. I’d go up and do it all again.”The veteran Rice made his jump roughly the same area he landed in on D-Day, outside of Carentan, a Normandy town that was an objective for the Allied paratroopers on D-Day. The C-47 transporters dropped group after group of parachutists. CNN reported, “Those on the ground watched the anxiety-inducing descent as, strapped to another parachutist dangling beneath a red, white and blue canopy, the old man coasted through the sky, another gigantic American flag billowing out behind him. Reaching the ground with only a slight stumble on impact, Rice proudly gave V for victory signs with his hands.He jumped in tandem with another parachuter, and trained for six months for this opportunity.WATCH: 97-year-old US paratrooper veteran Tom Rice, who served with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, recreates his D-Day jump in Normandy 75 years later. pic.twitter.com/qAth429XCA— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 5, 2019Rice’s D-Day jump was far more harrowing. “I got my left armpit caught in the lower left-hand corner of the door so I swung out, came back and hit the side of the aircraft, swung out again and came back, and I just tried to straighten my arm out and I got free,” he said in an interview. A German bullet had pierced his parachute during his descent. Rice said of the the others in his unit, “Many of them are deceased. We had 38 percent casualties. I represent a whole generation,” he said of the dwindling number of D-Day survivors. Like many other veterans, Rice remains troubled by the war.Related Video: 101st Airborne Paratroopers (Market Garden), 1944 Original Footage“All the GIs suffer from same blame and shame,” he said an in interview. “It bothers us all the time for what we did. We did a lot of destruction, damage. And we chased the Germans out, and coming back here is a matter of closure. You can close the issue now.”American paratroopers in WWIIHe wasn’t the only D-Day veteran to take the plunge this anniversary. Harry Read, 95, a retired Salvation Army officer in England, was a 20-year-old wireless operator with the Royal Signals when he was pushed out of his plane in the early hours of June 6th, according to The Guardian.  John “Jock” Hutton, 94, from Larkfield, Kent, was 19, and serving with the 13th Lancashire Parachute regiment when he descended.On Wednesday both performed tandem jumps with the British army, re-creating the landings at a historic drop zone at Sannerville. The pair were part of a display that also included 280 British and French paratroopers. Both men gave a thumbs-up to the crowd as they landed.“I thought the jump was brilliant. The jump was wonderful in every way. I feel good. My health is good and my mind is still ticking away,” Read told reporters, according to The Guardian. At the same time, Hutton wondered why he doesn’t “have more sense at 94.”Just minutes into D-day, the first house on French soil had been liberated, but the first Allied soldier casualty of the invasion, Lt Den Brotheridge, 28, was killed.Related Article: The Man who Cleans Forgotten Veteran Tombstones on his Only Day OffOn D-Day, men were not only shot but lost in flooded trenches, dragged down by heavy equipment. Some gliders crash-landed. Many paratroopers were blown off course, landing alone miles from their allotted rendezvous points. More than 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded, or declared missing in the Battle of Normandy.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

Microsoft Windows 10 Your Phone app is too important to be uninstalled

first_imgMicrosoft: Windows 10 Your Phone app is too important to be uninstalled by Martin Brinkmann on May 27, 2019 in Windows – 35 commentsAh, Windows 10 and the applications that are included with the operating system by Microsoft. Windows 10 ships with a bunch of first-party native applications like Paint 3D, Weather, Sports, Print 3D, Money or Your Phone, as well as third-party application suggestions. First-party applications are usually installed, third-party apps displayed as links only.One of the main usability issues when it comes to apps on Windows 10 is that only some may be removed officially. Some may say that this is not different to the classic program system, as users of classic versions of Windows could not uninstall Notepad or Paint official either.But how do you explain to users that apps like Your Phone, Paint 3D, or Snip & Sketch cannot be uninstalled? The Your Phone application serves no purposes if the user does not want to link a phone to the Microsoft Account and Windows 10 PC. Why then, does it need to remain on the system?Some apps can be uninstalled natively. Just hit Windows-I to open the Settings application and go to Apps > Apps & Features. There you find many listed including some of the native applications that come with Windows 10.The Your Phone application cannot be uninstalled or moved, but it is listed at least. Moving may work if you use programs like FreeMove or Symbolic Links, and you can remove core apps in Windows 10 using PowerShell, or third-party programs such as AppBuster, Geek Uninstaller or CCleaner.Microsoft provides no information usually why apps can’t be moved or uninstalled. The Your Phone application is an exception; Microsoft published a support article on the company website that provides some details (via Bleeping Computer)The Your Phone app is deeply integrated into Windows to light up multiple cross-device experiences now and in the future. In order to build more of these experiences between phones, PCs, and other devices, the app can’t be uninstalled.In other words: the app powers several connectivity features already and will support even more in the future.The Your Phone application supports screen mirroring, replying to SMS messages, viewing notifications, and transferring photos currently on Android.Closing WordsWindows 10 customers who use Android devices may find the Your Phone application useful, especially if Microsoft manages to integrate more functionality in the app. The iOS app is severely limited at this point. Most customers won’t use the application but will have to live with it unless they use apps or PowerShell to remove it.Now You: Why do you think Microsoft is preventing some apps from being removed?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft: Windows 10 Your Phone app is too important to be uninstalledDescriptionMicrosoft considers the Your Phone application of Windows 10 important and decided to block its removal because of that.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Silversea goes all in with new allinclusive package fares to Asia

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, June 8, 2018 Travelweek Group Silversea goes all in with new all-inclusive package fares to Asiacenter_img Posted by Tags: All Inclusives, Asia, Silversea Cruises MIAMI – Silversea is offering Asia for less in 2018 and 2019 with a new ‘All-Inclusive Package’ promotion now available on new bookings.The promotion includes free economy roundtrip air or business-class air upgrade for Can$3,299 each way, for flights from select Canadian and U.S. gateways; free one-night, pre-and post-cruise hotel stay; free transfers between airport, hotel and ship; and at least one free shore excursion in every port. Plus, an Early Booking Bonus saving of 10% is available on select departure dates.Nearly 20 new options in Asia include:Bangkok, Thailand: Thai history is revealed in a single location during the panoramic, half-day ‘Ancient City Park by Tram’ excursion to the Ancient City – home to reconstructed and relocated historical buildings.Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: During the eye-opening, full-day ‘Kayaking in the Mangrove Forest’ adventure, guests are immersed in the exquisite natural beauty of the Can Gio Mangrove Reserve.Hong Kong: The half-day ‘Tai Chi, Tea & Dim Sum’ cultural outing introduces guests to the local Hong Kong lifestyle through exercise, eating and drinking.Koh Samui, Thailand: Guests can relax in a hammock, stroll on the beach, swim in a shimmering pool, and enjoy complimentary drinks and a Thai lunch during the half-day ‘W Koh Samui Luxury Resort Getaway.’Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: The spectacular flora and fauna of the Klias Wetlands are explored during the full-day ‘Klias Wetlands River Safari,’ an exciting river-cruise excursion with dinner.Muara, Brunei: The ‘Brunei by Night with Local Dining Experience’ explores the local culture and specialties of Brunei during a memorable evening excursion with dinner.Singapore: Guests are immersed in the spectacular lights and sights of Singapore during the ‘Evening Spectacular’ excursion to this vibrant city island.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedTraditional favorites:Coron, Philippines: The ‘Coron Exploration’ showcases the exquisite natural beauty of Coron Island by boat, through an incredibly scenic and memorable sightseeing cruise.Ha Long Bay, Vietnam: The ‘Ha Long Bay Kayak Exploration’ spotlights the breathtaking seascape of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during a kayak adventure to explore amazing caves and a fishing village.Tianjin, China: The full-day ‘Forbidden City’ excursion to the historic city of Beijing reveals two extraordinary landmarks: the Forbidden City and Beijing Olympic Green.Yangon, Myanmar: An impressive landmark by day, Shwedagon becomes a stunning vision by night, as the ancient, jewel-encrusted stupa is illuminated with light. Guests can explore the temple, home to major Buddhist relics, on the ‘Shwedagon by Candlelight’ evening tour.An experience exclusive to Silversea: The ‘DMZ and the 3rd Tunnel’ excursion invites guests to discover the storied past of a nation divided by civil war for nearly 60 years.All-Inclusive Package fares with the Early Booking Bonus start from $4,680 per guest, based on double occupancy. Voyages range from 7 to 17 days. Sample itineraries include:Silver Muse departs Nov. 19, 2018, on a 12-day voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore with calls in Manila, Romblon Island, Coron Island, Palawan Island, Kota Kinabalu, Muara, and Kuching (Borneo).Silver Muse departs Dec. 1, 2018, on a 12-day, roundtrip voyage from Singapore with calls in Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown, Phuket, Yangon, and Langkawi.Silver Shadow departs Feb. 1, 2019, on a 7-day, roundtrip voyage from Hong Kong with calls in Ha Long Bay, Chan May (gateway to vibrant Da Nang and Imperial Huế), and Sanya.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthFor further details on the All-Inclusive Package offer, please visit https://www.silversea.com/best-luxury-cruise-deals/asia-cruises-ft.html.last_img read more

Delika Foodshow a gourmet cornucopia

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Almost half of the world actually prefers instant coffee PHOTOS: SANSA offers new flights between San José and Limón Wendy’s leaves Costa Rica PHOTOS: Perfection in a block of wood Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Jürgen Mormels has a remarkable track record: The German native has founded several top-quality restaurants during his 34 years in Costa Rica, from the widely praised L’Escargot and London Club to his most current operation, Jürgen’s Restaurante. In 2003, Mormels opened Delika by Gourmet Imports, which draws its products from all over the world.It turns out that Mormels also loves to throw a fantastic party, as evidenced by the Delika Foodshow, which took place yesterday at the company’s warehouse in San Rafael de Alajuela. The event showcased Delika’s remarkable selection of meats, cheeses, wines and seafood, both for industry professionals and interested foodies. The event also included culinary demonstrations, live entertainment (aerialists performed gymnastic dances high above the display tables) and enthusiastic tastings.After Mormels took the microphone and thanked his staff for all their hard work, a pair of belly dancers took the stage, performing a sensual tribal dance. In its final hour, the crowd, loosened with Delika’s many wine samples, danced along to disco classics and traded name tags for complimentary bottles of Momo Kawa sake. Delika’s slogan is “tasting the good life.” It seems that the good life tastes delicious.last_img read more

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Cardinals won’t be looking for a new kicker anytimesoon.The team announced Friday it has agreed to a two-yearcontract with Jay Feely, who spent the last two seasons inArizona.The 35-year-old is coming off a season that was a littledisappointing, as he connected on just 79.2 percent of hisfield goal attempts (19 of 24), which is is the fourth-lowest mark of his career.However, he has converted on 43 of 51 attempts with theCardinals, and has not missed an extra point over the lasttwo years. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

LOS ANGELES — In the ratings battle between TV tit

first_img LOS ANGELES — In the ratings battle between TV titans “The Big Bang Theory” and “Game of Thrones,” laughs won out.CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was last week’s most-watched program, with 12.5 million viewers tuning in for the comedy’s home stretch. The last episode of its 12-season run will air Thursday, May 16.HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” also nearing the end after eight seasons, placed second, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday.The dark fantasy drew 11.8 million viewers to the episode that debuted last Sunday, edged out by the sitcom it had bested the week before.The final “Game of Thrones” episode airs May 19.The Associated Press FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2019, file photo, Kunal Nayyar, from left, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, from the cast of “The Big Bang Theory,” present the creative achievement award at the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Hugs and tears punctuated the final taping of “The Big Bang Theory,” a lovefest for its stars, crew and audience alike. There were plenty of punchlines as well, as the true-to-form hit comedy about scientists and those who love them wrapped the two-part, hour-long finale that will air in mid-May on CBS. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2019 2:46 pm PDT ‘Big Bang Theory’ tops ‘Game of Thrones’ in weekly ratings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more