A BJP leader was killed in the Mandirbazar area in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Friday night. On Saturday, two persons were arrested.The BJP leadership has alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers were behind the crime. The TMC has denied the charge.The police said Shaktipada Sardar, a BJP block president in the Mandirbazar-Dhanurhat area, was hacked when he was returning home. “Mr. Sardar was found in a critical condition by locals near the road and rushed to the Diamond Harbour Hospital. He was referred to a hospital in Kolkata after his condition deteriorated. He succumbed to injuries on the way to Kolkata,” Tathagata Basu, Supernatant of Police of Sundarban, said.Remanded in custodyGoutam Mondal and Abdul Haque Molla were arrested and produced before a court which remanded them in police custody for eight days, Mr. Basu said. He said Sardar had earlier been arrested in several cases.As for the motive, he said no political link had not come up in the investigation so far. “Prima facie, the murder was the outcome of personal enmity,” he said.
An elephant, taken on lease from Assam in 2009, died in Mizoram a few days ago and villagers nearby reportedly cut its body and ate its meat. The office of the conservator of forests in southern Assam’s Silchar had issued the certificate for leasing the 47-year-old female elephant to one Khualhina of Mizoram from her owner in Cachar district’s Sonai. The validity of the ownership certificate had expired in 2014 but the elephant continued to work in the Kanhmun Forest Range. Reports citing locals said the Mizoram Forest Department officials were not present when the elephant died and its meat was consumed. “There are several elephants on lease in the northeastern States besides Bhutan that are overworked. They meet a similar fate,” an Assam forest officer said.
Basel: B Sai Praneeth’s impressive run at the BWF World Championships ended as he succumbed to defending champion Kento Momota in a lop-sided semifinal to settle for bronze here on Saturday.Praneeth’s attacking game couldn’t dent the defence of an in-form Momota as he went down to the Japanese World No. 1 13-21, 8-21 in 41 minutes. Notwithstanding the loss, Praneeth still achieved the rare distinction of becoming the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to win a medal in the prestigious tournament.Prakash Padukone was the first to win a men’s singles World Championships medal — a bronze — in the 1983 edition.Tough luck!After a couple of top-10 wins, a brilliant @saiprneeth92’s dream run at the #BWFWorldChampionships2019 ends with a 13-21, 8-21 SF loss to #1 seed #KentoMomota. Sai’s bronze thus brings India’s first MS medal in 36 years. Keep it up! 👏 #IndiaontheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/0OSumIaz78— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 24, 2019 Praneeth made a good start to his semifinal clash, opening up a slender 5-3 lead. However, Momota slowly found his rhythm and turned the tables by entering the interval with a small 11-10 advantage.The left-handed Japanese stepped up after the break, reeling off four points to surge to 15-10. Praneeth couldn’t find the winners regularly and committed too many unforced errors to allow Momota widen the gap between them.At 12-18, the Indian found the net thrice to hand over the opening game to the Japanese.Praneeth was more competitive initially in the second game as he was tied 2-2 with his opponent but the Indian failed to lift the hard-hitting returns of Momota, sending the shuttle wide or at the net.While Praneeth was erroneous, Momota was consistent and it reflected in the scoreline, as the Japanese quickly jumped to 9-2.A precise smash from Praneeth helped him to take a point but he misjudged a shuttle at the backline and then hit the nets as Momota grabbed a 11-3 advantage in the mid-game interval.Praneeth’s struggle continued after the break as he couldn’t put pressure on his fancied rival, who rode on his resolute defence to dominate the rallies.At 15-5, Momota made a rare error when he sent the shuttle long but his quick backhand reflex near the net earned him the serve again.A cross-court smash at Praneeth’s backhand took Momota to 19-8 and he grabbed 12 match points when the Indian hit the nets again.Praneeth then went wide as Momota raised his fist in celebration. Badminton World Championshipsbwf world championshipskento momotaSai Praneeth First Published: August 24, 2019, 6:19 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Russia doping scandal Sport sponsors should help fund the fight against the illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to the head of the UK’s anti-doping agency. Nicole Sapstead, chief executive of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), also urged them to ask what steps the teams and events they were sponsoring were taking to tackle doping.Her call came amid concerns about a fresh doping scandal emerging in Russia. “I would ask sponsors who get behind massive major events or teams, shouldn’t some of that sponsorship be carved out and put into promoting clean sport or challenging that sport as to what due diligence they have done about their anti-doping programme?” said Sapstead. “Do you really want to put your brand with somebody who may be found wanting?”Sponsors could not rely on UKAD, which is funded by government, or its counterparts in other countries, to tackle the issue on their own, she suggested. “For too long sports have turned round and gone ‘it’s OK, UK Anti-Doping are there, they get a load of public money and they should just do the job, and we’ll keep our television and sponsorship deals, all the money that we generate commercially for ourselves and our investors. Enough already, they need to put their money where their mouths are.”Lengthy legal battles that arise when athletes fight their bans drain anti-doping organisations, Sapstead argued. “There is something to be said for a contribution coming from the sports and those involved in sport. I don’t see any issue with a sponsor saying we’ll give you X, but a percentage of this should go into an integrity pot to ensure you are taking the necessary precautions to ensure that your sport is fit for purpose.” Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest The Observer Share on Facebook Topics news Do you really want to put your brand with somebody who may be found wanting?Nicola Sapstead Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Reuse this content Drugs in sport Share on LinkedIn Sport Her call for greater resources to fight doping underlines the significant threat the problem presents to sport at a time of heightened concern about state-sponsored drug cheating.Yesterday it emerged that Rusada, the Russian anti-doping agency, which has been suspended for non-compliance in the past, is under scrutiny amid reports that data from a Moscow drug-testing lab were manipulated before being delivered to the World Anti-Doping Agency, Wada, earlier this year.Wada’s compliance review committee is expected to present the information to the agency’s executive committee when it meets tomorrow in Tokyo. “There’s a big fat question mark over how this is going to play out,” said Sapstead, who told the Observer that she had learned in the spring that there was a tranche of data coming out of Russia that was proving problematic for compliance officials.“Depending on what happens next week will determine whether Rusada may be declared non-compliant again,” she said. “When you have a national anti-doping organisation which is non-compliant you are back into the question of how do you get them back into the fold?”Rusada has been meeting independent benchmarks for its testing programme, raising the question of who could have manipulated the data. “Somebody will have had to get into that laboratory,” Sapstead said. “If it was people in the lab or IT experts, they would have received that order from somewhere. Where did it come from?”Tomorrow UKAD publishes a report highlighting the role it played in 2015, when Wada asked it to fill the gap left by Rusada’s previous suspension following allegations Russia was engaged in state-sponsored doping.Trevor Pearce, UKAD’s chair, said the organisation had agreed to step in to ensure British athletes were competing on a level playing field.“The message we get from our athletes and sports-governing bodies is: how do we make this a fair process for our people, wherever they compete, wherever they train?“If you’ve got Russian athletes complying with a national anti-doping organisation that must mean, one hopes, that there will be fair competition for our athletes going to Tokyo in 2020,” he said. UKAD’s report reveals the challenges that would arise in the run-up to Tokyo if Rusada were to be suspended again. Over a 17-month period while Rusada was suspended, UKAD conducted nearly 5,000 tests on more than 600 Russian athletes, of which 79 produced an “adverse analytical finding” – revealing a prohibited substance. A further 21 “non-analytical findings” were issued for offences including tampering with, and evading, tests.Most positive results were for Meldonium, a performance-enhancing drug, prohibited in 2016, that led to Maria Sharapova’s temporary ban from world tennis. UKAD also issued 240 “whereabouts failures” against athletes for failing to be at a specified location to provide a sample.“There were a number of times we tried to gain access and were turned away,” Sapstead said. “The people we were using were threatened and told ‘come back here again and there will be consequences’.”Further scandals lay ahead, she suggested. “I’ve always said Russia is not alone in this,” she added. “They are certainly not the only ones who have got a significant, serious problem. It’s just a matter of time before something else is exposed.”
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The US Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety Center (MSC) has issued ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificates to South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and French BIO-UV Group. On June 15, MSC granted the eight type approval certificate for SHI’s Purimar BWMS.As explained, the treatment principle of the Purimar BWMS consists of filtration with electrolysis during uptake and neutralization at discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 250 m3/h and 10,000 m3/h.What is more, BIO-UV Group, a manufacturer of ultraviolet water treatment equipments, received MSC’s ninth type approval certificate on June 20.The treatment principle of the company’s BWMS BIO-SEA B consists of filtration with UV treatment at uptake and discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 55 m3/h and 1,400 m3/h, according to the USCG.Following the two most recent USCG approvals, nine more BWM systems are under review, MSC’s data shows.
— Little Indian Island (also known as Micou’s Island), St. Margarets Bay, Halifax Co., a nine-hectare (22 acre) island that features natural wetlands and is also of recreational value. — Sheep Island, North Harbour, Victoria Co., a 7.3-hectare (18 acre) area that is home to colonies of great blue heron and terns. — Twelve hectares (30 acres) at McGowan’s Lake, Queens Co. that includes ponds that provide valuable habitat for overwintering of Blanding’s turtles, which have been identified in the area. Nova Scotia declared the Blanding’s turtles endangered in 2000. — George Eddy Company Limited lands, 442 hectares (1,092 acres) located on the St. Mary’s River, a popular salmon river, in Guysborough County. The lands are in an area well known to residents and international visitors for its pristine beauty and recreational opportunities — including fishing, canoeing and hiking — and has been used as a site for studies of wood turtles. “We want to thank the partners, like the Mahone Island Conservation Association and the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, who are helping to ensure the future of some of these properties through stewardship agreements,” said Mr. Morse. “We also want to thank private land donors and corporations like the George Eddy Company Limited for helping us protect against development in areas that provide Nova Scotians with fine examples of the natural assets we treasure.” Negotiations on the remaining 167.5 hectares (414 acres) of special acquisitions are expected to be completed by March 31. The special purchases are expected to cost a total of $5.36 million, which includes $3.11 million for the six acquisitions announced today. Negotiations also continue on the purchase of properties announced in May 2006 as part of an agreement with Bowater Mersey Paper Company. The province will help protect and preserve an additional 699 hectares (about 1,727 acres) of prime Nova Scotia property for recreational and tourism opportunities, coastal access, inland waterways, and wildlife habitat this year. Islands in Mahone Bay, St. Margarets Bay and North Harbour, and parcels of land in Guysborough and Queens counties, are among the properties that are being added to the province’s existing Crown lands. “These lands will help Nova Scotia protect endangered species and return some of this province’s precious coastal property to Nova Scotians’ hands,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said today, Feb. 22, at a news conference in Mahone Bay. “These lands will provide recreational and environmental benefits to Nova Scotians today and into the future.” Natural Resources Minister David Morse said it was important that the province seize the opportunity to complete these additional acquisitions this year so the lands were not lost to development. “Nova Scotia has one of the lowest proportions of Crown land in Canada — only Prince Edward Island is smaller,” said Mr. Morse. “Much of our culture was shaped by our proximity to the sea and to our natural habitat. These special purchases reinforce our province’s commitment to the environment and to ensuring that future generations benefit from our rich culture and traditions.” The new Crown purchases confirmed today were: Coveys and Backman Islands, 61 hectares (150.5 acres) in Mahone Bay, Lunenburg Co. Both islands have high potential for recreational use and will expand the province’s limited coastal access on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
London: Three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka was knocked out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, falling in five sets to 6ft 11in (2.1m) Reilly Opelka as defending champion Novak Djokovic waited to push his bid for a fifth title. Two-time quarter-finalist Wawrinka, 34, was beaten 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 by his American opponent, the tallest man in the sport and 13 years his junior. Opelka fired 23 aces and 59 winners and goes on to face either 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic of Canada or Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherOpelka will be appearing in the third round at a Slam for the first time having never won a grass court match in his career prior to coming to Wimbledon. Wawrinka won warm applause for giving a line judge a warm embrace after accidentally colliding with her as he sprinted to hit a backhand. “I was a bit too far to return a serve. I think I went against her, so I was sure she had some pain and was not happy, so I gave her a little hug,” said the genial Swiss. Also feeling the pain was Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan who was forced to retire when just two points from victory against Ukraine eighth seed Elina Svitolina. World number 62 Gasparyan was 7-5, 5-4 ahead when she collapsed to the ground on Court Three, suffering with cramping. Although she bravely tried to continue, the Russian, who has undergone three knee surgeries in her career, was forced to quit.
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Canadians Denis Villeneuve and Ryan Gosling are headed to the Academy Awards, with La La Land, Arrival and Moonlight leading a more inclusive field of Oscars nominees than in recent years.Contenders for the world’s most prominent film awards were announced in Hollywood this morning. La La Land leads overall with 14 nominations, tying the record previously set by Titanic and All About Eve.Gosling, who is working with Villeneuve on the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, called him this morning, the Quebec filmmaker said. “We wanted to congratulate each other,” Villeneuve told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday afternoon.“This is just joy for us,” he added. “We are proud of each other, as friends.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter
Iman Kassam APTN National NewsA chief in the Northwest Territories is asking a nearby town to stop serving booze at community events.A recent event saw nine people taken into custody.But the chief and mayor don’t see eye-to-eye.
Hirunika Premachandra is currently studying law and she says once her law exams are over she will decide on her next step. She also expressed confidence in the judiciary to get justice for the murder of her father.Report by Indika Sri Aravinda “It is hard to do politics in Sri Lanka. I have spoken to my family and I will decide about my political future at the right time,” she said. Hirunika Premachandra has decided to temporarily step down from politics on the basis that the political climate is not favorable for her.Premachandra, the daughter of slain politician Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, said that she also needs proper backing to get fully engaged in politics.
Michael’s boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, tweeted a black and white photograph of the him being embraced by Michael with the caption: “The Truth is out…”Fawaz also hit out at the negative publicity he endured in the weeks following George’s death and in particular the leaked 999 call of his attempt to revive the singer after finding him lifeless in bed.He tweeted: “All the nasty comments, press and 999 were very cruel and unnecessary whatsoever, Now I hope to receive some real LOVE x.” In some cases, it is an inherited condition. Otherwise, it can be caused by viral infections, uncontrolled high blood pressure, problems with the heart valves or excessive drinking. George Michael died of natural causes from dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, a coroner has said.The 53-year-old was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames on Christmas Day.Darren Salter, Oxfordshire’s senior coroner, said in a statement: “Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post-mortem report received.”As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further inquiries.”No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy.” The Truth is out… pic.twitter.com/F07TxE8T2a— Fadi Fawaz (@fadifawaz) March 7, 2017 Michael, who rose to fame as the frontman of Wham! and had chart-topping hits including Last Christmas and Freedom, suffered health scares and fought drug addiction for years.Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle. It becomes stretched and thin, which affects how blood is able to pump around the body. Floral tributes outside the home of George Michael in Goring-on-Thames, OxfordshireCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Myocarditis is inflammation in or around the heart and is usually caused by a viral, bacterial or fungal infection.Symptoms include pain or tightness in the chest which can spread to other parts of the body. Ridgeley said: “On Christmas Day 2016, the greatest singer-songwriter of his generation, an icon of his era and my beloved friend George Michael was lost.”He described Michael as a “supernova” and that his death “felt like the sky had fallen in”.At the Grammys, Adele performed a slowed-down version of Michael’s song Fast Love after restarting her first rendition, saying the tribute was “too important”. Tributes were paid to the singer at the recent Brit and Grammy awards ceremonies.Coldplay frontman Chris Martin sang alongside Michael’s rendition of his ballad A Different Corner at the Brits while clips from his career were played.The performance followed a tearful speech from Michael’s former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley and the band’s backing singers Helen DeMacque and Shirlie Holliman, otherwise known as Pepsi & Shirlie. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by a build-up of fat in the liver and is usually seen in people who are overweight or obese.A different type of fatty liver disease is caused by excessive drinking and is known as alcoholic fatty liver disease.Michael’s former partner Kenny Goss has previously said he believed the pop superstar’s body “just gave up”. 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 bank of mum and dad sees average parents spending £18,000 on supporting grown up children.Around 17 percent of over-55s who provide financial help to loved ones will be, if they are not already, worse off, Legal & General and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found.One in 10 said they felt less financially secure and 4 percent said they had postponed retirement after supporting family or friends onto the housing ladder.The research, which surveyed more than 2000 lenders, also found that women were found to be more likely than men to have accepted a lower standard of living after providing financial support.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––People approaching retirement aged 55 to 64 were also particularly likely to be feeling the strain – with money being siphoned from places such as pension pots, downsizing to smaller homes and equity release to help younger generations.Legal & General found that, based on the average contribution by the Bank of Mum and Dad, an over-55 household could expect to be £18,000 worse off on average after providing financial support.The research also found that the “bank” lenders were unlikely to take advice in regard to the impact their giving may have on their own financial future.Before gifting money to help family or friends onto the housing ladder, more than 77 percent did not speak to a professional adviser or even seek information online.Chris Knight, chief executive officer at Legal & General retail retirement, said: “Parents and grandparents across the UK are often digging deep into their pension pots to support loved ones, balancing the housing needs of their children and grandchildren with their own retirement goals.”Worryingly, in the majority of cases, these individuals aren’t taking advice before they ‘lend’.”He said the financial services sector should re-think how it communicates with people and continued: “It means getting people thinking about retirement income earlier, helping them build their retirement plan and laying out all the options available to them.”If we can do this, we can help people to be this generous without leaving themselves short – helping their family onto the property ladder, but also ensuring they have the best retirement they can.” 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.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Theofania or Blessing of the Waters ceremony is held to commemorate the religious feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, in the River Jordan by St. John the Baptist. This event is organised under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and is held on the Sunday in January following Epiphany day. In 2012 it will be held on January 8 at Station Pier Port Melbourne. It is an exciting and colourful festival full of tradition and cultural festivities. The ceremony of Theofania involves the Bishop blessing the waters and releasing white doves, symbolising the Holy Spirit. As a sign of peace and goodwill, the Bishop then throws the traditional blessed wooden Cross into the sea. Young people then dive from a fishing craft into the sea, in an attempt to retrieve the Cross. It is a traditional belief that whoever retrieves the Cross receives God’s blessings. The successful diver also receives a golden chain with a crucifix from the Archdiocese to commemorate the event. All other divers also receive a commemorative medallion from the Bishop. After the religious ceremony, the festivities commence with traditional food, music and folk dancing which takes place at centre stage. There are also rides and activities for both children and adults. This event is being held this year for the 28th consecutive year. It draws crowds of up to 5,000 throughout the day. Melburnians, irrespective of ethnic background, have participated and enjoyed the cultural festivities of the day.
Reconnaissance faciale : Android 4.0 ne va pas au-delà des apparencesDébloquer son appareil en se plaçant devant l’appareil photo : l’idée semblait bonne. Sauf qu’il suffit d’une photo de l’utilisateur pour la contourner…La reconnaissance faciale est une des nouveautés d’Android 4.0, alias Ice Cream Sandwich. Elle permet d’effectuer, lors des prises de photos, la mise au point sur les visages, mais aussi le déverrouillage de l’appareil simplement en lui montrant un visage préenregistré (notre photo). À lire aussiL’App-Shop d’Amazon enfin disponible en FranceMais un blogueur a mis la main sur un Galaxy Nexus, et a testé cette fonctionnalité avec une photo. Le verdict est simple : l’appareil n’y voit que du feu. Il suffirait donc de prendre une photo de l’utilisateur avant de lui subtiliser son appareil… L’outil sera sans doute renforcé d’ici la sortie officielle. Mais parviendra-t-il à faire la différence entre 2D et 3D ? Au pire, il suffira de réactiver le bon vieux code…Le 15 novembre 2011 à 18:05 • Maxime Lambert
It’s a touchscreen, of course, and it works with Surface accessories. Not just the Surface Pen that came with your Surface Pro or Surface Book, either. They’ve created a slick jog-dial control called, fittingly, the Surface Dial. Set it on the Surface Studio and a context-aware radial menu springs into view, letting you easily control an application with one hand while you sketch, retouch, highlight, write, or otherwise multitask with the other.Surface Studio’s unprecedented versatility adjusts to every step of your creative process. #MicrosoftEvent pic.twitter.com/cruyJInfPF— Surface UK (@Surface_UK) October 26, 2016 Beneath that screen, tucked into a forged aluminum shell, is the rest of the hardware that makes the Surface Studio tick. The base configuration features a 6th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a dedicated GPU with 2GB, and a 1TB SSD. It’s priced at $2,999.But hey, if you’re already in for three grand, why not go all the way? The top-end Surface Studio — with a Core i7, 32GB of RAM, 4GB GPU, and a 2TB drive will only cost you another $1,200, for a blazing total of $4,200.Expensive? Sure, but they’re throwing in native support for Xbox controllers and a microphone array that lets you use Cortana from across the room. And let’s face it: if the price puts you off, you’re not Microsoft’s target customer anyway.The way it’s built — and the way it’s priced — the Surface Studio isn’t even the iMac competitor some are making it out to be. This is a specialized piece of hardware, and people who think they can benefit from owning it won’t be afraid to pay for it. While the rest of us were busy putting the finishing touches on our David S. Pumpkins costumes, Microsoft was showing off new hardware. Their biggest reveal: the Surface Studio all-in-one.There are loads of Windows all-in-ones on the market, but the Surface Studio is dramatically different. It starts with the screen: a precisely calibrated 28-inch panel that boasts better-than-4k resolution. It packs 13.5 million pixels in total, which works out to 192ppi. A 4k display that size would come in around 158ppi or so.
Heck, Herrera come out swingingTea Party Republican David W. Hedrick, who finished third in Tuesday’s top two primary for the open 3rd Congressional District seat, said Wednesday he’ll support state Rep. Jaime Herrera, R-Camas, in the general election campaign.“I like Jaime. I have a lot of respect for her,” he said. “She’s run an honorable campaign. It’s been clean between our two camps.”Hedrick, a Camas management consultant, won 13.5 percent of the vote districtwide in Wednesday returns, outpolling Republican David Castillo, a former Bush administration official who had been campaigning for the seat for 14 months.Hedrick said the mainstream news media failed to take seriously his campaign and the campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Clint Didier, a Tea Party candidate and former pro football player who made headlines when he won the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Didier had 12.2 percent of the vote in Wednesday statewide returns. Some political observers expected him to make a stronger showing against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and GOP front-runner Dino Rossi.
There are rumors of cold and clear. Check out the local weather forecast here.Here are some of the weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Win elates Seahawks fans from Vancouver to New YorkWhen Mike and Brittney Gutierrez found their chairs, they figured to be settling in for a football game.It turns out those seats were for a four-hour thrill ride.The couple and other Seahawks fans bounced up from those seats often during Seattle’s 43-8 Super Bowl domination of Denver on Sunday.They were among hundreds of rowdy fans at Big Al’s in east Vancouver. Aside from two tables of Broncos fans near the front, the crowd was decidedly pro-Seahawks.Fans jumped and high-fived when Seattle scored a safety on the game’s first play.Fans threw Skittles around the restaurant when Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown put Seattle ahead 15-0 in the second quarter.And when the game ended, long-suffering Northwest sports fans rejoiced in the region’s first major pro sports championship since the SuperSonics won the NBA title in 1979.Sunday’s Super Bowl was extra special for Mike Gutierrez. A Navy veteran, he was stationed in the Persian Gulf during Seattle’s only other Super Bowl appearance in 2006.Read the full story here. See more game coverage here. Aaron Kraft and his wife, Peggy Kraft, try to get along while watching Super Bowl XLVIII at Big Al’s, Sunday.
Exploring the mythical and magical world of Shamans, Anu Malhotra’s documentary The Shamans of the Himalayas unveils the mystery that surrounds their life. Millennium Post speaks to the filmmaker about the eye-opening experiences she encountered while helming the documentary.This documentary will be telecast as a four part series on Discovery Channel this month.What prompted your interest in the Shamanistic traditions of Kullu Manali?Manali is one of my favourite travel destinations. Whenever I went there, I made friends and listened to their stories. I encountered scenes on the streets that fired my imagination. Out of curiosity, I asked people about the things I observed. They told me that in these areas, every village has its own deity and each deity, its own ‘Gur’ or shaman. That’s where the idea of my documentary emerged. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It took you over two years to make this documentary, tell us what kept you going on during that phase?The overview of the Shamanistic culture itself is very fascinating. It’s almost a faraway world from our city-centric lives; a world where everything is alive- the rocks, the leaves, and the atmosphere around. That is what physics says as well. Shamanistic traditions emphasize upon an interconnected web of life; you disturb its balance, and its repercussions come back to you. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou had already researched extensively on this theme before you hit the ground. Still, during the course of the film, was there anything that left you flabbergasted? Share an anecdote with us. I was shooting Gur Tularam, a shaman of goddess Hadimba in the Kullu valley. Hadimba is a demon goddess. When Tularam goes into a trance, it’s terrifying to see him as he turns violent over a period of time. I could feel his waves of energy travelling to me and I was left flabbergasted with goosebumps on my skin. Shooting this four-hour -long documentary was a massive exercise. I remember chasing a procession of Shamans. I was almost jumping around with my small camera to keep up with their pace. There has been a pattern to your documentaries; you seem to be travelling to a new state with every fresh documentary you make. I started my television career in the 90s with travel shows. During that time, I used to drive or travel around the country all the time. Wherever I went, I found a new culture, a different way of life. This is what inspires me to document the fragile and vulnerable aspects of life in India for posterity. If these cultures get lost with the passage of time, a way of life will be lost, leaving us empty for forever.
August 1, 2016 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Businesses often under-leverage SEO. Companies spend significant money on paid search while balking at investing in significantly in organic search. This is in spite of studies that show four out of five users click on organic listings because users consider them to be more credible.This situation often frustrates SEOs. Based on our conversations with business folks as well as personal experiences in managing businesses in large companies, we’ve uncovered a number of reasons why businesses struggle to use SEO teams well. Here are the three main causes — and what you and your SEO team can do about it.1. Misaligned goals.SEO teams often focus on keywords and ranks. But the business world cares about actual revenues.In theory, these should be aligned. If you rank higher, you should get more traffic and therefore attract more customers, sales and revenue. In reality, this doesn’t always happen. Google doesn’t pass the keyword parameter with organic search. It makes SEO efforts somewhat blind. And not all keywords have equal impact, a fact not taken into account by most keyword-tracking and rankings systems.You get what you measure for: When SEO teams focus on number of keywords ranked on page one, they might get quite a few to pop in the results even if those words don’t have a business impact. SEO teams would do well to make downstream metrics a primary objective. Eventually, conversions and sales should be the primary metric. If SEO teams track themselves against those metrics and hold themselves to sales goals, they’ll be much more relevant in their results for the organization.Related: Building a Keyword-Driven Content-Marketing Strategy is Key2. Customer vs. search-engine speak.Search often is at the center when SEOs ask for website changes. But just as often, these changes don’t align with the customer experience. Over time, businesspeople develop a misconception that user experience and SEO cannot be optimized together. They begin to believe SEO is about somehow fixing your page for search engines — sadly, to the detriment of customer experience.Nothing could be further from truth. Search engines also focus on delivering a great customer experience. SEOs must understand the user experience and place that interaction at the center of their website recommendations. Even so, search engines can struggle to read the signals on the page. This is precisely when SEO expertise is needed to translate user intent in a way that search engines can recognize.Related: How to Ace Content for Search EnginesHere’s one example: Suppose your website features a powerful image that communicates your product’s value proposition. Because search engines can’t read the image, your page won’t be ranked for product-related terms. SEOs can help ensure the “tag” embedded in the image’s metadata describes the value proposition. Explained this way to a business owner, SEO becomes much more valid as a means to interpet the page for search engines. SEO professionals who take this approach will find leaders more receptive to their ideas because customer experience and SEO no longer are pitted as trade-offs. Even better, SEO experts can use analytics from Google to illustrate how rankings for particular terms have a real business impact. 3. Internal competition.On the enterprise website, multiple pages often compete for the same keywords. It’s not uncommon for these pages to “belong” to different divisions within a company.SEO teams need to bridge the gap to ensure keyword overlaps work with each other, not at cross-purposes. To accomplish this, SEOs must understand the holistic business strategy. They’ll pose and answer questions such as, “Which of our company’s products is the best fit for this keyword?”Keep in mind that two, competing webpages can split the SEO impact and return a net ranking of zero. It’s important to clarify which pages best serve the user’s intent when he or she enters a particular keyword. Related: Be Sure to Balance SEO and User Experience in Your Web PageResources exist for businesses to leverage search engine optimization much more significantly. To meet the challenge, SEOs must transform themselves into team leaders who develop a deeper understanding of business, align business goals and translate for search engines the individual and collective intent of the company’s web pages. The result is a win for SEOs, the business and its customers.