Haryana on alert as Dera chief is set to be sentenced

first_imgFear and foreboding in otherwise calm Panchkula Families torn apart in Haryana violence  The Haryana High Court had directed the State administration on Saturday to fly the CBI judge to Rohtak.Deputy Commissioner, Rohtak, Atul Kumar said in a statement that police would not hesitate to shoot if anyone was found indulging in mischief.Mr. Sandhu said 103 deras had been sanitised in Haryana and hundreds of sticks and petrol cans were seized. He said once the sentence was announced, they would storm the Sirsa headquarters as per the directions of the High Court. “Some people want to come out of the Dera headquarters in Sirsa and we are helping them. We will enter the premises on Monday after the sentence is announced. The Army is also on standby in Sirsa but they have not been deployed in Rohtak,” Mr. Sandhu said. He said there were no traffic restrictions in the remaining parts of Haryana but schools and colleges would remain closed.Besides, the government has extended the suspension of mobile internet, SMS and data services till August 29.“We have extended the suspension of mobile Internet services, including 2G, 3G, 4G, CDMA and GPRS, all SMS services and all dongle services provided on mobile networks, except voice calls, in the State till 11.30 a.m. on August 29, 2017,” said Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Ram Niwas.Internet downInternet lease lines on the premises of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa had been suspended till August 29. Any person found guilty of violation of these orders would be liable for legal action.Also Read  Mohammad Akil, Additional Director General of Police, Haryana said the quantum of sentence would be pronounced by the CBI judge at Sunaria jail in Rohtak, which has been designated as a special court, around 2.30 p.m.“We have monitored the security arrangements in Rohtak and police officials have been given clear directions that they are free to take strong steps if the situation demands,” Mr. Akil said.He said 2,300 Central forces were deployed around the jail where Singh is currently lodged.Special courtroomInspector-General of Police, Rohtak Range, Navdeep Singh Virk said the CBI judge’s copter would land at a helipad near the jail and a special courtroom had been made in the prison.Also Read Police mount vigil in western Uttar Pradesh  “The orders have been taken considering the critical law and order situation in the State, and to prevent any loss of life or further damage to public and private property. It has been reported by IG/CID that the situation is tense and violence may again continue for several days, especially on August 28, when the quantum of punishment will be announced,” he said.“Since the environment is tense, rumours of different kinds may be spread through broadband and Internet lease lines on the premises of the Dera Sacha Sauda,” he added. In neighbouring Chandigarh, schools and colleges will function normally from August 28, according to an official release.The administration in Fatehabad has imposed Section 144 in the district, prohibiting assembly of five or more persons and carrying of firearms and other weapons, till September 18, 2017. It has also warned the people not to gather in Dera Sacha Sauda and ‘naam charcha ghar’ established in the district.In Kaithal, stringent security measures to maintain law and order has been put in place, including deployment of 36 duty magistrates along with videographers and police officers. Section 144 is in force. Curfew has been imposed in Sirsa, where the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect is located as a CBI court is set to pronounce on Monday the quantum of sentence against godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh convicted on August 25 for raping two women.Haryana DGP B.S. Sandhu said on Sunday that the death toll in the violence that followed Friday’s CBI court verdict had reached 38.Also Readlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Portugal’s Andre Gomes, Raphael Guerreiro may miss Poland match

first_imgDefender Raphael Guerreiro and midfielder Andre Gomes did not train with the rest of the Portugal team on Wednesday, one day before facing Poland in the Euro football championship quarter-finals. (FULL EURO 2016 COVERAGE)Both the players have muscle problems and did specific recovery exercises on the side, putting their participation in Thursday’s match in doubt, reports Efe.last_img

Major injury scare for India ahead of World Cup as Rohit Sharma limps off MI training

first_imgIn what appears like a major injury scare to Team India, a week before the World Cup team is to be announced, limited-overs vice-captain and star opener Rohit Sharma was seen limping off the field holding his right thigh while running during a Mumbai Indians training session at Wankhede stadium on Tuesday.After lumbering a few steps following what appeared like a muscle pull, Rohit lay flat on the ground holding his head in pain. Mumbai Indians physio Nitin Patel, who has also served as the physio of the Indian team in the past, rushed to attend the hurting batting star.The only bright side to the injury episode was Rohit did gigerly climb his way back to the dressing room on his own after receiving some treatment at the ground.Mumbai Indians are slated to face off against Kings X1 Punjab on Wednesday and an official update on the seriousness of their captain’s injury is still awaited. Rohit Sharma walked back gingerly to the dressing room after receiving treatment from MI physio (India Today Photo)This is the second injury scare to an Indian World Cup prospect during IPL 2019 after leading speedster Jasprit Bumrah, also from Mumbai Indians, had hurt his left arm during the franchise’s first IPL game of the season.At the time, the franchise physio had brought the injury to the attention of Team India physio Patrick Farhart and the duo collectively managed Bumrah’s injury treatment. Fortunately, Bumrah recovered in time and did not have to miss any IPL match.advertisementThe same protocol is expected to be followed in Rohit’s case with physios from all the franchises told to bring forward any injury suffered by any of the Indian World-Cup prospects to the knowledge of Indian fitness support staff.Workload management continues to be the buzz word with only two and half weeks seperating the IPL and the World Cup, slated to start in England on 30th of May.last_img read more

Croatia’s Igor Stimac appointed as head coach of Indian football team

first_imgCroatian World Cupper Igor Stimac was Wednesday appointed head coach of the Indian football team for a two-year term.The national team has been without a coach since the departure of Stephen Constantine in January, following the creditable show at the AFC Asian Cup.The appointment was made by the AIFF’s executive committee.The 51-year-old Stimac, who was part of Croatia’s 1998 World Cup squad that finished third in France, comes with an experience of over 18 years in coaching, structuring, and developing football and players back home, and internationally.As a coach, Stimac’s major achievement was guiding Croatia to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. During his tenure as the national coach of Croatia, he handed debuts to the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Ante Rebic, Alen Halilovic, and Ivan Perisic, amongst others.He also played a pivotal role in developing the likes of Dario Srna, Daniel Subasic, Ivan Strinic, Kovacic, Perisic, and other players. The centre-back has made 53 appearances for the national team.His last assignment was with Al-Shahania Club in Qatar.As a player, he was part the of the Croatia team that finished third in the 1998 World Cup, and a member of the national squad which qualified for the quarterfinals of the UEFA European Championship 1996 (Euro) in England.Besides, he was also a part of the Yugoslavia U-19 national team which won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1987.Welcoming Stimac to Indian football, AIFF president Praful Patel said, “Igor is the right candidate to coach the Blue Tigers. I welcome him on board. Indian football is going through a transition, and I am confident his vast experience will guide us to higher echelons.”advertisementGeneral secretary Kushal Das added, “Indian football would benefit immensely under Igor Stimac.”His credentials as a coach and experience as a player are sure to add immense value to the players, and the Indian football ecosystem. The momentum gained needs to be sustained.”Technical committee head Shyam Thapa, a former India international, said, “Mr. Stimac’s recommendation was unanimous.””All the members of the technical committee including the AIFF technical director Mr. Isac Doru were immensely impressed and convinced about him being best suited for the job. He is a World Cupper, and has guided Croatia to World Cup as a coach. Who else could have been a better candidate?” he quipped.”He also impressed us with his extensive research on Indian football.”Stimac’s first assignment will be the Kings Cup in Buriram, Thailand where the Blue Tigers play Curacao in their first match on June 5.Also Read | Antoine Griezmann confirms Atletico Madrid exit amid rumours of Barcelona moveAlso Read | India football team’s performance can only go up: Udanta SinghAlso See:last_img read more

Mexicans Abroad Minute: Chicharito hot, Lozano injury not serious

first_imgMexico Mexicans Abroad Minute: Chicharito continues hot streak, Lozano’s injury not serious Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 05:52 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Hernandez Chicharito West Ham United Mexico Javier Hernández The West Ham United forward has scored in three of his last four league matches, while Chucky left Saturday’s match but should be back soon Chicharito was at it again this weekend.The Mexico forward’s hot streak continued with a 38th-minute goal in West Ham’s 2-0 victory over Watford. He’s now scored in three of his last four Premier League matches and after showing good chemistry with Marko Arnautovic may finally find minutes despite other Hammers attackers being fit. He continues to score and now is demonstrating to manager David Moyes how he can work with other players on the field.There were fitness concerns for a pair of Mexico stars this week with Hirving Lozano leaving at halftime of PSV’s win over Sparta and Andres Guardado making way in the final 10 minutes of Real Betis’ victory over Deportivo La Coruna. Lozano’s injury is nothing serious, according to both his club coach Phillip Cocu and Mexico national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio. Guardado said that his substitution wasn’t because of injury, and he was back on the training ground Tuesday. It was there where he was photographed with an enormous bouquet, perhaps getting a special pre-Valentine’s Day surprise from wife. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In Belgium, there were two Mexican players involved in the same match. Omar Govea was involved in a pair of Royal Excel Mouscron’s goals but also was given a pair of yellow cards and was sent off in stoppage time. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa had the last laugh as Standard Liege topped Mouscron for a 4-3 victory thanks to two late goals.There was no debut for Hector Moreno, who arrived at Real Sociedad just before the transfer window closed. La Real suffered without him, losing 5-2 to Real Madrid and hinting that there may soon be changes in the defense that will include the Mexican center back.Miguel Layun, who made a winter transfer as well, came in as a substitute for Sevilla as the La Liga side bounced back from a heavy defeat in Layun’s debut to nab a 1-0 win over Girona.Check out the video above for a one-minute rundown of how Mexicans performed across the Atlantic.last_img read more

Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring Autocycle Is a Batman-worthy Road Trip Vehicle

first_img Next Polaris Slingshot Previous This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Polaris Slingshot Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer For many travelers, the choice of road-tripping vehicle is a deeply personal one. Practical folks might opt for something comfortable and amenity-rich like a minivan. Nostalgists won’t consider anything other than a VW Bus. Purists likely prefer something more stripped down, raw, and fun — an MX-5 Miata perhaps. If you fall into the latter category, allow us to introduce Polaris’ newest Slingshot. The open road is calling, and you must go.Polaris SlingshotThe all-new Slingshot Grand Touring Autocycle takes the helm atop Polaris’ line-up for 2019. This trim level focuses on upgrades and updates that make the open-air Slingshot a more capable road-trip-worthy driver. The cockpit is semi-enclosed (still no doors) courtesy of a Slingshade, a removable hardtop with hinged, gullwing-style panels above the driver and passenger. The center console features a slick, 7-inch touchscreen with easy access to the backup camera, navigation system, and a robust 100-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system. The seats get an upgrade too with softer, quilted material for a more comfortable long distance ride.The new model shares many of the best components with its Slingshot siblings. The unmistakable, angular, Batman-worthy silhouette hasn’t changed. The five-speed manual shifter and GM 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine remain. The latter produces a healthy 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque for an impressive power-to-weight ratio. The original Slingshot joined the ranks of the world’s most audacious three-wheel rides in 2014. Like the CAN-AM Spyder and the absurd Morgan 3-Wheeler, these are vehicles that, on paper, have no business being on the road. They’re too big and powerful to qualify as go-karts, yet too fast and exposed to compare against the safety of a traditional car. But, honestly, who cares? Someone at all three manufacturers was slick and well-connected enough to sneak their concept plans past the otherwise sensible folks at the Department of Transportation to garner a “street legal” stamp of approval. We say we’re all the better for it.center_img As of July 2018, the Slingshot is classified as an “autocycle” in 44 states, meaning drivers need only a standard drivers license to get behind the wheel. The remaining buzzkill states still require a motorcycle endorsement.Polaris’ flagship model comes with a price tag that starts at just under $30,000. With the best (read essential) options like a Bilstein Shock Kit, high-performance composite rotors, Velocity street seats, and upgraded audio, the all-in cost easily tops $35,000. In true Henry Ford fashion, the Slingshot GT is available in any color you want, as long as that color is black. Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Polaris Slingshot Polaris Slingshot 1 of 4last_img read more

National Commission on Reparation Needs $26 Million

first_img The Commission has been established to advise the Government on the case for reparation A $26-million budget has been submitted to the Government A $26-million budget has been submitted to the Government by the National Commission on Reparation (NCR), to carry out the work of the organisation.The Commission, launched in 2009 under the leadership of the late Professor Barry Chavannes, has been established to advise the Government on the case for reparation and to examine some types of compensation for past injustices suffered by the descendants of slaves in Jamaica.Chair of the NCR, Professor Verene Shepherd, told a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 31 that the Commission requires the money to undertake a public education programme and other activities, including the printing of brochures, presentations in the media, the showing of films and maintaining an interactive website.“Even if we could get a portion of that, we could start our public education. We have a questionnaire, which we have been trying to administer,” she said, while emphasising the need for the Commission to hold islandwide public meetings in order to hear the views of the people and to clear up any misunderstanding that they might have.Professor Shepherd, who is also the Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, said funds are also needed to finance the work of five working groups, one of them being in public education.Despite the lack of financial support, she said the Commission, which reconvened last year, will continue “to do what we can.”“We continue to work because we are energised by the cause and we rely on the media to carry our message, but again, we don’t know how much longer we can continue to work without funds,” she said, noting that members of the Commission, on occasions have used their money to undertake projects, because of their commitment to advancing the work of the Commission.Professor Shepherd said the Commission has maintained the same terms of reference given by the Government in 2009.Under the terms of reference, she said the Commission is to receive submissions, hear testimonies, evaluate research and undertake public consultations with the aim of guiding a national response to reparation.Additionally, she said the Commission is to recommend the diplomatic initiatives, security considerations, education and public information required, and the form or forms that reparation may take, taking into account social, moral, cultural, economic and international factors.Professor Shepherd pointed out that the Commission has to provide a report of its recommendations to the Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who will then report to Parliament.Other members of the Commission are: Mr. Bert Samuels, Lord Anthony Gifford, Dr. Kadamawe Knife, Dr. Jahlani Niaah, Ms. Marisa Benain, Mr. Michael Holgate, Ms. Thelma JoHill, Mrs. Donna Parchment Brown, Mr. Robert Miller, Mr. Maurice McCurdy, Ms. Mitzie Williams and Ms. Donna McFarlane. The Commission requires the money to undertake a public education programme Story Highlightslast_img read more

UN health project to benefit 5 million people in DPR Korea

“This health project, funded by the Republic of Korea, is making a measurable difference in the health of women and children in the DPR Korea,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Representative for Health Action in Crises Ala Alwan said today at a meeting in Seoul to renew the agreement for its second year. “People directly benefit when health workers are trained, and hospitals and clinics have the equipment necessary to help women to give birth, or save people who need emergency care,” he added. The project aims to improve the standards for health care and public health in DPRK with a particular focus on the needs of women and children and is also helping to retrain health professionals and improve county hospitals and Ri (community) clinics. Specifically, it is supplying equipment for 60 county hospitals and 1,200 Ri clinics, has brought in 35 ambulances, and 3,000 medical bags for doctors. It is also upgrading emergency rooms and delivery areas in 30 county hospitals, the laboratories of 20 county hospitals, four provincial blood centres, and blood transfusion services in 10 county hospitals. The equipment, vehicles and supplies have been either provided in-kind by the ROK or purchased internationally. The project began early in 2006 and is slated to last five years, at the end of which the entire health care system, including some 200 counties and 4,000 Ri, will have basic equipment and supplies for essential care for mothers and children. Advanced information technology will also be available to around 300,000 health workers. 13 February 2007Some 5 million people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are benefiting from a five-year $20-million United Nations health project funded by the Republic of Korea to improve the health of women and children. read more

India offers fully funded training programmes for Sri Lankans

After applying online, the applicant may take a printout of the application and send it to:  Director, UN, TA & NGO Division, External Resources Department, 3rd Floor, the Treasury, Secretariat Building, Colombo 01, with a copy to the High Commission of India, 36-38, Galle Road, Colombo – 03.   The terms and conditions and guidelines for applicants may be seen at https://www.itecgoi.in/terms_and_conditions.php Those who are interested can apply for ITEC courses online (https://www.itecgoi.in/meaportal/registerApplicant). The applicants can choose their own login email ID and create their login password. They can check on the status of their application online. India is offering more than 40 training courses, spread over a multitude of sectors, in various institutions in India for Sri Lankan officials (45 years of age and below) under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India from 15 January to 31 March 2018. The courses are fully funded by Government of India and cover airfare, accommodation, study tours, course fee, living allowance, book allowance etc, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today. The streams include Leadership and Skill Development, International Trade, Management, Accounting, Water resources, Entrepreneurship, Renewable Energy, Governance, Telemedicine, IT, English language, Agriculture, Rural Development, Tourism etc. Details are available at https://www.itecgoi.in/coursecal.php read more

Buckeyes take Big Ten break as season winds down

The Ohio State men’s soccer team is taking a break from conference play as it plans to host its last non-conference game of the regular season.The No. 25 Buckeyes (8-3-3, 2-1-0) will face the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2-5) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for their second-to-last home game of the season. West Virginia is coming to Columbus with a very young team, but have been playing very well lately.Coming off a win against Notre Dame, the Mountaineers will likely have a lot of momentum coming into this game. West Virginia’s last loss was Sept. 18 against Louisville.“They’re playing very well right now. It will be a good chance for us to build some momentum going into Wisconsin next weekend,” coach John Bluem said. West Virginia typically plays well on the road as they have lost only once and tied twice to push their road record to 3-1-2.Three of the four games that remain for the Buckeyes will be conference play. Those games are the most important, Bluem said.One of the goals for the team is to win the Big Ten Championship by beating Penn State on Sunday. They positioned themselves to do that.The Buckeyes, along with Indiana and Wisconsin, are tied for second in the standings, each with six points. Penn State is still the leader with seven points. The top spot is there for OSU, but the Buckeyes will have to win all three conference games to capture the Big Ten title.“We’ve kept our hopes alive,” Bluem said.Now, the Buckeyes just need to go out and win.The game begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The time was moved up two hours because of potential traffic delays at the Schottenstein Center later in the evening thanks to the Cavs game. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State faces two Big Ten matchups after upsetting No

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after defeating No. 4 Penn State in four sets on Sept. 23. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterFollowing their upset against No. 4 Penn State on Sunday, Ohio State does not have much time to prepare for their next match. The Buckeyes will face two Big Ten opponents this week with Indiana at home on Wednesday, then travelling to College Park for a road game against Maryland on Sunday. Head coach Geoff Carlston is focused on keeping the team strong, allowing them to relish their victory while also keeping their focus heading into the rest of the season.“We just have to stay healthy,” Carlston said. “That’s the biggest thing — sort of managing our swing so we’re in the best position to win.”The team matches up against both of their opponents fairly evenly. The Buckeyes stand at 10-4 and 1-1 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers are 10-3 and 1-1 and Maryland is at 10-4 and 1-1. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry said the sharp increase in talent and competition in the Big Ten brings on a new dynamic in their season.“The Big Ten has been crazy,” Fry said. “The first couple of games, I was nervous, but I know I can play well against anyone. As long as I have my teammates behind me I know we can all play well against anyone.”In the 2018 season, the Buckeyes have had 688 kills, 1817 total attacks, 261 errors and 74 service aces.Freshman outside hitter Mia Grunze leads the Buckeyes with 153 kills and freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic leads with 2.94 kills per set. Averaging 13.35 kills per set, Indiana has recorded 2.77 blocks per set and has 67 total aces through  13 games played. Indiana redshirt junior outside hitter Kendall Beerman leads the Hoosiers with 161 kills and 3.43 kills per set. Maryland sophomore outside hitter Erika Pritchard has been solid all season for the Terrapins, averaging 4.22 kills per set. The Buckeyes will face Indiana at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena before heading to College Park, Maryland to face the Terrapins at 7 p.m. read more

Government providing €495 million for school clothing scheme up €21 million on

first_img 24 Comments 6,782 Views Monday 25 Jun 2018, 6:05 AM THE GOVERNMENT IS providing €49.5 million for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear scheme, an increase of €2.1 million on last year.The allowance will be paid to around 100,000 people in respect of 170,000 school children.It is paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12 years and over.It’s a means-tested once-off payment aimed at helping families with the costs associated with children returning to school in the autumn. It is paid automatically in the week ending Friday 13 July.The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said, “The costs associated with children both starting and returning to school can put a lot of financial pressure on families throughout the country. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance can make a real difference in helping families and is available for schoolchildren from the age of four in primary school up to the age of 22 for students who are in second level education.The Minister for Education Richard Bruton added, “I believe that we have to continue to put a greater emphasis on reducing the cost of school uniforms and other school costs.“Last year, I issued a circular to all schools requiring them to do everything possible to keep costs down for parents, including the use of generic items, sew on or iron on crests, and making sure that various elements of the uniform can be purchased in multiple stores.”To qualify the applicant must be in receipt of certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes, with total household income below a certain threshold.Parents who have not previously received the payment but who think they may qualify are being encouraged to check their eligibility.Families can find out more about their eligibility here. http://jrnl.ie/4089227 Jun 25th 2018, 6:06 AM center_img Share7 Tweet Email By Cliodhna Russell Government providing €49.5 million for school clothing scheme, up €2.1 million on last year It is paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12 years and over. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

MovieBob Review DOCTOR STRANGE 2016

first_img Remembering Comics Legend Steve DitkoCarrie Coon Joins Infinity War, A Strange Sequel and More MCU News Stay on target The overall experience of watching Marvel’s Doctor Strange is like looking at a black light poster on uppers: It’s visually lovely, and you’re having a good time, but there’s also a small nagging sense that somebody might have brought the wrong drugs to the party.Now, that’s not a cause to panic or even disappointment, Marvel fan-persons: The movie is good – even great in some respects. The thing is, Marvel has gotten superhero movie-making down to such an exact science that, as it is with Pixar, it’s almost more interesting to just start from “yeah, it’s good” as an upfront assumption and focus on the smaller imperfections because at this point that’s more interesting discussion to be had on the review side. But for what it’s worth: Relax, Doctor Strange is a perfectly fine little film.Now, with that out of the way, let me ruin my too-clever-by-half drug reference by explaining the joke: You see, up until this point Doctor Stange was always one of those Marvel Comics characters who was all over the place but never really able to sustain his own comic for an especially long time. Everyone seemed to agree it was cool to have an on-call wizard around whenever Spider-Man or The Avengers or whoever had a magic problem, but not always enough to follow him on his own adventures because… well, Wizards are tough: Their exploits tend to be more esoteric than thrilling and the stakes are always vaguely defined.What did get popular about Doctor Strange was the intensely psychedelic art pioneered by creator Steve Ditko to depict the otherworldly cosmic magical ephemera Strange (a world-class surgeon who seeks out a magical cure for his accidentally-injured hands and instead discovers a new destiny as a Master of The Mystic Arts) would get wrapped up in; in as much as it turned the comics into an in the know cult item among the acid rock scene of the 60s and 70s: The tune-in, turn-on, Deadhead superhero of choice for the psychotropic set – even though Ditko and most subsequent creators generally denied that any “altered states” were involved in the book’s creation.Credit where it’s due: The filmmakers from director Scott Derrickson on down all seem to have completely and correctly understood that specific groove as a key part of Doctor Strange’s basic appeal: The mystical mumbo-jumbo that informs the mythos all affects an appropriately retro New Age vibe, Michael Giacchino’s score (easily the best sonic experience from a Marvel movie since Alan Silvestri’s Captain America and Avengers themes) makes sure to drop some sitar licks into the soundtrack and the often stunning visual effects employed to depict both the various magic-users’ reality bending powers and the cosmic realms they explore appear lovingly drawn from pop-surrealist artworks’ Greatest Hits catalogue: Not just Ditko’s original art but also prog-rock album covers, Magic Eye posters, MC Escher drawings and an entire whole dimension that looks like Dali by way of Lisa Frank.And the results, make no mistake, are pretty damn incredible. In some ways Doctor Strange is a smaller-scale Marvel movie (it’s almost refreshing how not massive and overblown it is, all things considered) and it really feels more like a standalone “Phase 1” movie than any of these have in awhile. The closest comparison would probably be the first Thor movie, but with the added benefit of those aforementioned mind-blowing visuals; and whenever the film does dive into the otherworldly, it comes close to being as legitimately mind-blowing as The Matrix’s “bullet-time” kung-fu felt back in 1999. When Strange and company are throttling through space and time, you just want to want lean back, “expand your mind” (or whatever today’s euphemism is and savor the trip… so it’s kind of too bad that the movie won’t just chill out and let you.See, the thing about psychedelia is: You don’t “rock out” to it – you “groove” to it. You soak, you savor, you drink it in and let the layers of the universe or spectrum of reality gradually reveal themselves. Combine that with a character who wrestles with the forces of the universe through magic words, hand gestures and ridiculously-named mystic relics rather than brute force and whose powers largely exempt him from the laws of physics, space or time and Doctor Strange feels like it’s ideal form ought to have been a more laid-back, blissed-out, “ride the mood stream” exploration/adventure kind of thing. But instead, it’s pretty clear that the filmmakers had accepted the idea that all superhero movies must also be “action movies,” so the film keeps going for propulsive momentum and kinetic fight scenes when deliberately-paced immersion and esoteric intellectual grappling might’ve been more appropriate.It’s a creative decision that doesn’t “kill” the movie by any stretch – in fact by forcing themselves to make an action film they’ve come up with some delightfully cool set pieces where the combatants are conjuring magic weapons, manipulating gravity, and even reality so that the various battlefields become kaleidoscopic maelstroms while retaining physical mass. One major setpiece involves people fighting in “real time” but the explosions and debris of the city collapsing around them is actually moving backwards in time – a “how’d they do that!?” jaw-dropper that’s worth the ticket price all on its own.Still, it’s just hard to shake the sense that letting the big ideas and visuals deliver the thrills on their own terms rather than reworking them into the reliable rollercoaster/fistfight templates might’ve made for a more unique and even better movie. It feels like they even knew this because the “real” final battle does end up being all about wits and clever use of altered-reality comprehension rather than conventional punching… there’s just maybe a little too much conventional punching to go through to get there. Fortunately, the only place that overall decision feels like it seriously detracts from the actual movie at hand is the pacing: The most interesting stuff in the movie by far is the second act when Stephen Strange is acting as audience-POV on a tour through all the new magical realms and artifacts and ideas he’s discovering while learning the mystic arts at Kamar-Taj; but the film is in too much of a hurry to get to the Act 3 battle stuff to let us really soak it in.It also could’ve given the film time to add some more mitigating nuance to the Orientalism and “whitewashing” issues inherent to the property that, yes, remain present and uncomfortable even as you watch the film wriggle and strain to work around them without junking the Doctor Strange mythos entirely. One can appreciate the attempts to rework The Ancient One and Kamar-Taj from a stereotypical ersatz Shangri-La into something closer to a multicultural New Age rainbow coalition, but a lot of it is half-measures that end up highlighting the problem. I think it helps a lot that Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are instantly three of the most interesting supporting characters in the entire Marvel Universe right out of the gate. But still, this is something they’ll probably have to address further – and also probably find more screen time for Rachel McAdams, whose character feels like she could be as interesting as Pepper Potts if they’d just gave her the room which (surprise!) she doesn’t quite get here.I feel like this probably sounds like a somewhat negative review, but as I said: The elements that make Doctor Strange overwhelmingly a good – occasionally very good – film are the elements you pretty much already knew were there when you saw the Marvel sticker on the front of it. The production values are aces, the action scenes are inventive, the visuals are gorgeous and most of all the hero and most of his supporting cast are terrifically-realized characters whose world you can’t wait to see more of and whose integration in the broader Cinematic Universe makes the prospect of several future films all the more exciting… even if their debut film could have stood to be a just a bit more Strange.last_img read more

Plantronics New RIG 300 and RIG 400 Pro Gaming Headsets Debut at

first_imgStay on target The RIG 500 Pro Series Headsets Are Perfect for Gamers on a BudgetPlantronics Announces New 500 Pro Series Gaming Headsets Plantronics is known for their lineup of affordable gaming headsets. The recently released RIG 500 Pro Series peripherals are perfect for gamers on a budget. Now, the company is set to release their most affordable devices yet with the new RIG 300 and RIG 400 Pro gaming headsets. The devices are not only easy on one’s wallet, they’re ideal for playing battle royale games like PUBG, Fortnite, and H1Z1: Battle Royale.According to the press release, the RIG 300 comes in four varieties: The HX for Xbox One, the HS for PlayStation 4, and HC for PC and other devices like the Nintendo Switch. Each headset features a modular, durable design with open earcups. The lightweight construction makes it easy to play comfortably during long gaming sessions. The headset does a good job of immersing players in sound but it still allows them to hear their real-world surroundings. Additional features include: SoundGuard acoustic safety technology for protecting one’s hearing from sudden audio spikes, 40mm drivers that help amplify audio detail, and adjustable game volume and mute with inline controls.The RIG 400 Pro HC is an updated version of the RIG 400. This version features the RIG Game Audio Dial (patent pending) that gives users fingertip volume control. It has dual-material ear cushions which block outside noise but are also comfortable to wear for many hours. It also has dynamic 40mm drivers with low-frequency resonators, and the ability to use Dolby Atmos for Headphones. The latter requires an activation code which comes with each headset. Note that Dolby Atmos is not available for PlayStation 4.Jack Reynolds, director of Gaming Products for Plantronics, said: “The new RIG 300 Series and RIG 400 PRO HC extend the mission of the RIG family, which is to ensure gamers have the best tools possible to take their gaming to the next level. We built the RIG line of headsets specifically, so gamers can hear more, react faster and play longer so they can get in the fight and win.”The RIG 300 series is available now on Plantronics’ site for $39.99. The RIG 400 Pro HC is now available at GameStop in the United States and other regional partners for $59.99. Each headset will be shown at this year’s Gamescom. For more information, head on over to the Plantronics website.A lot of these headsets are worn by your favorite Esports stars. You can relive the 11 Greatest Esports moments. Or read up on What SonicFox’s Evo Win Means For Geek Culture. And if you buy one of these amazing headsets you’ll want to be a pro gamer, so here’s how. Keep on top of all things gaming right here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

First of five public forums begins today discussing Community Choice Aggregation

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 29, 2019 Updated: 10:52 PMcenter_img First of five public forums begins today discussing Community Choice Aggregation 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) – The county is now considering CCA’s and is offering forums for people to learn more.Community Choice Forums:Monday, July 29 – Bonita Sunnyside Library, 6 p.m.Tuesday, July 30 – Lakeside Community Center 6 p.m.Wednesday, July 31 – Bonsall Community Center 6 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 1 – Boulevard Backcountry Resource Center 6 p.m.Tuesday, August 6 – 4S Ranch Library 6 p.m., July 29, 2019last_img read more

La Center Cowlitz tribe leaders eager for talks

first_imgNearly two weeks after the La Center City Council voted to open formal talks with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, leaders from both groups expressed confidence they could reach compromises that would make the latter’s casino project “mutually beneficial.”No official conversations have taken place since council members voted 4-1 on March 14 to repeal their predecessors’ four-year-old resolution to ban talks with the tribe about the project. But La Center Mayor Jim Irish and Cowlitz Chairman Bill Iyall said they were eager to begin what could be a long process.La Center’s sudden about-face with the Cowlitz tribe was motivated by the city’s need to diversify its tax base and find a cost-effective way to develop property to the Interstate 5 junction, council members said. The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ decision in December to allow the tribe to take into trust 152 acres along the I-5 corridor also factored into the decision.“It’s what’s best for the city of La Center,” Irish said. “It’s not giving away the farm.”Clark County’s appeal of the BIA’s ruling is pending in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.The Cowlitz Indian Tribe, which has more than 3,700 members, does not have a permanent home. The casino offers the tribe the chance at self-sufficiency, Iyall said.Once the U.S. District Court makes it ruling, assuming they rule in the Cowlitz’ favor, the tribe would seek out loans from banks to pay for the project. This process could take six months, Iyall estimated.last_img read more

Wine Jazz Festival gets off to strong tuneful start

first_imgThe Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival kicked off Friday evening at Esther Short Park with the Dan Balmer Trio, the Norman Sylvester Blues Band and headline act War.Around sunset, people settled into lawn chairs around the main stage and bobbed their heads to Norman Sylvester.o What: The 15th annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival.o When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.o Where: Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St. in downtown Vancouver.o Cost: $25 per day at the gate.o Information: 360-906-0441, or event website.“The first time I saw him I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this guy is good,’” volunteer Betty Barkley said.Barbara Reeves’ 3-year-old son danced in front of the stage as Norman Sylvester played. She said the festival is surprisingly kid-friendly“Everyone is so relaxed,” she said.Lisa Melius came to the festival for headline act War and the 45 arts and craft vendors lining the edge of the park.“The wine’s good,” she added.On the smaller stage in Propstra Square, a pop-rock band, the Christopher Brothers, rocked out to Santana and Black Keys covers as well as its own songs. And, yes, the teen trio has been compared to the Jonas Brothers.The festival continues through Sunday.last_img read more

Firing Operations Continue On Swan Lake Fire As More Crews Arrive

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Hand crews on the Swan Lake Fire are being supported by aerial resources that have dedicated all efforts to limit the amount of fire growth towards Sterling and the Sterling Highway corridor. The fire is now estimated at 18,700 acres and there are 183 personnel assigned to the fire, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Alaska IMT2 Operations Chief John Glover: “Currently we have a structure protection group assigned to the Sterling area, and they’re working with local firefighters. They are working in and around the community in the event that we had a significant push from our fire to the southwest.” Kale Casey with the State DOF: “Crews successfully burned and held the southwest corner. Retardant used on east to slow the spread to Mystery Creek Road.” Fire crews will continue to look for opportunities to utilize burnout operations and will begin the process of mopping up control lines. Glover: “The Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew took advantage of a favorable weather window in the evening that allowed firing operations to proceed on the eastern flank. The goal of these operations is to remove fuel sources before the fire approaches, and to begin mop up as soon as possible to create a strong control line.” The fire is currently 2.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway. Motorists should be prepared to yield to firefighting equipment entering the Sterling Highway and adhere to traffic signage staged near miles 82 and 92. With the need for the firing skills and expertise of hotshot crews, five crews from the Lower 48 were ordered Tuesday and began arriving on Wednesday to bolster the efforts of the four Alaskan crews currently engaged in suppression efforts. The short- and long-term goal is to prevent the fire from getting established east of Mystery Creek Road. Aerial supervisors will assess the fire behavior and will direct helicopter bucket work and air tankers as needed to keep this edge in check. The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team is hosting a community meeting Friday, June 21, at the Sterling Community Center at 6 p.m. Incident command staff will be on hand to provide fire information and will share the strategies and tactics being used to protect critical infrastructure throughout the community. All interested residents are welcome to attend and ask questions about this incident and efforts being made to protect the community and critical infrastructure.last_img read more

5 Ways Lax Security Makes Small Businesses CyberMorsels for Computer Criminals

first_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read June 30, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Most small businesses don’t have the budget, expertise, staff or time to manage security programs on their own. It’s a longstanding problem, as pointed out in a survey of small businesses conducted by the Ponemon Institute, which found that 55 percent of respondents experienced a data breach in 2013 and 53 percent of those experienced more than one breach in the same year.Considering how quickly the threat landscape has evolved and the threat of breaches affecting all types of businesses from startups to financial giants in the last couple of years, many small businesses are still in dire straits.It’s common for small and medium businesses to think they are too small to be the targets of a cyber attack, especially when the term “breach” is often associated with retail, health and financial companies. But, even in those cases, smaller businesses become victims in the exploit process. According to the annual 2015 Security Pressures Report published by Trustwave, many small to medium businesses feel secure in their current security stance, with 68 percent stating they do not feel at risk of a cyber attack or data compromise. This false sense of security is a major mistake that makes smaller companies targets for cybercriminals.With this in mind, here are five mistakes to avoid that make it easy for attackers to exploit small businesses:1. The wrong investments.Pressure on IT pros to buy technologies is rising but security solutions for small businesses are only effective if used and updated properly. According to the 2015 Security Pressures Report, 57 percent of small businesses feel pressure to purchase feature-filled technologies, yet 37 percent said they lack the resources to manage them.The 2014 Trustwave Security on the Shelf report found that organizations spent $115 per user on security software in 2014 but of that $33 worth of this investment was either underutilized or never used at all. Simply having a security appliance or solution is not enough. Without proper management, additional attack vectors created by a growing network could be a company’s downfall, as it loses visibility of traffic and activity within its systems.Related: 4 Ways Your Small Business Can Better Prevent Cyber Crime2. Pressure to push projects out early.According to the pressures report, 77 percent of respondents felt rushed to push out IT projects that weren’t security ready. This is a big reason why vulnerabilities are commonplace in applications and other IT rollouts. The in-house IT team is so focused on completing projects on time that security becomes an afterthought, leaving them open to attack.Companies need to build products with security in mind from their inception. As security continues to be a major concern for business and consumers alike, it has become a primary differentiator for any product. A secure product will be more coveted than a vulnerable product that was quick to market.3. Protection efforts in the wrong place.While many businesses focus their protection efforts on external threats, 48 percent of respondents considered internal threats more pressure-inducing than external threats. Small businesses can have a “family feeling,” but internal threats can still exist, no matter how much you trust one another. Vet and educate personnel to avoid both intended and inadvertent threats.Related: What Startups Need to Do to Be Cyber Secure in 20154. Cloudy forecast.The cloud holds many uncertainties for small businesses. The pressures report reveals that 43 percent of small businesses rated the cloud as the emerging technology that posed the greatest security risk to their organization.In reality, the cloud is an efficient way to bolster operations for small and medium businesses, if launched correctly. Smaller businesses have to take their time in setting up a successful cloud deployment, with cloud-specific security measures that are distributed and localized. Pervasive encryption of data or third-party management also helps avoid possible issues.5. Weak passwords.Password education is crucial. Despite the fact that easy-to-crack passwords contributed to nearly one-third of all breaches Trustwave investigated in 2013, only 9 percent of security pros cited weak passwords as the insider activity they felt most pressure to fend off. IT and security pros need to instill the need for strong credentials and even two-factor authentication.In short, having a security-first mentality can pay dividends to small business and ensure long-term success. Don’t assume being smaller exempts companies from being victims. Make security a priority and avoid the costly aftermath of a possible breach.Related: How to Create a Super Strong Password (Infographic)last_img read more