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US H1B visa, green card unavailable, here is how Indian techies look to get into America now

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first_imgWith the US government making it tougher to get H1-B visas and green card or US citizenship, Indian techies are taking another route to enter and stay permanently in the hallowed land. EB-5 visas – issued to high net-worth individuals looking to migrate to the US – are becoming popular among Indian IT professionals looking to continue working in the US or in some cases, even begin.Read it at Zee Biz Related Itemslast_img

Pakistan’s steady decline worries ODI skipper Azhar Ali

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first_imgPakistan’s woes in limited-overs cricket continue as they further slipped to their worst-ever ranking in One day Internationals. They are now placed ninth — eqaualling their worst rank — in the list headed by Australia in ODIs.Not only that, Pakistan are also in danger of missing out on an automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England if they do not return to the top-eight by the end of 2017. If they fail, the Men in Green will be forced to play the qualifying rounds, for the first time in the history of the sport, to make the cut.Pakistan’s ODI captain Azhar Ali is a worried man and is aware they have got a work cut out for them.”We are aware of the latest rankings, which are worrying. We know we have to beat top teams to rise in the rankings and we are quite determined to do that,” Ali told AFP.Inzy Boost Pakistan have a new chief selector in former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and are soon to appoint a new head coach to replace Waqar Younis. Ali hopes the 1992 World Cup champions will return to what they do best. “I think a new selection committee and a new coach will help plan things and I am optimistic that the boys will lift their performances… which we badly need,” Ali said.Tough SchedulePakistan have a hectic limited-overs schedule over the next seven to eight months, starting with a five-match series in England in August. They then face Ireland for a two-match ODI series, followed by five matches against the West Indies and six in Australia early next year. “For me, our schedule is challenging. But we know that beating England and Australia will lift our rankings.advertisement”England will be tough. We have to be at our best and the only way we can improve our rankings is to beat better and higher-ranked teams,” he said.last_img read more

Cardiff refused transfer extension following plane disappearance

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first_imgCardiff City must abide by the January 31 transfer deadline as they attempt to bolster a “pretty sombre” dressing room.The Welsh club are still coming to terms with the disappearance of the plane carrying Argentine striker Emiliano Sala on Monday.AdChoices广告Sala, who became Cardiff’s record signing last week after agreeing to join from Ligue 1 side Nantes, was confirmed by French authorities as one of two people aboard a Piper Malibu that vanished en route to the Welsh capital. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The search for the aircraft carried into a third day on Thursday but hopes of a positive outcome continue to recede.Football matters have, understandably, been a secondary consideration but Cardiff CEO Ken Choo admitted the club are trying to bring in new players before the window closes in a week’s time.He told talkSPORT: “From the club’s perspective we are managing this situation but we have another department that has to continue with looking at transfers.”I am multi-tasking three or four jobs at once, it’s really difficult physically and mentally to cope in a situation like this when we have to segregate our minds to look for Emiliano, to help the family – and the club is trying its best to provide the most care for the family and give them the information that is factual.”We are trying to co-ordinate with the authorities and yet we are still running a business which continues, we still have to meet the [transfer] deadline.”We have spoken with the Premier League on how tough it is for us to cope given there are eight days to go and we have been watching Emiliano Sala for months and we got it over the line finally.”We have eight days to go and we don’t really know how to cope in this scenario, we have to meet the deadline, the bottom line from the Premier League is that you have to meet the deadline like everyone else.”24th January7.50am update.We are commencing a coastal search using be Channel Islands Air Search plane of Burhou, the Casquets, Alderney, the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula, north coast of Jersey and then back over Sark.Further information released when available— Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 24, 2019 Cardiff are 18th in the Premier League table, two points adrift of Newcastle United.Choo added: “I went to see the first team yesterday to ensure the manager is fine, the coaching team is fine, the back-office staff are fine and the players are fine.”I spoke to the captain [Sean Morrison] and some of the leaders, the rest of the players. They are trying to cope with the situation, the dressing room is pretty sombre, they are all pretty shocked.”As chief executive I have to pull them together and try to get through this and we have a game to play next week [at Arsenal on Tuesday].”Everyone knows it’s difficult, the players are aware of all the facts but we have to pull up our socks and get on with it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

ESPN Releases 2nd Half Prediction For Notre Dame-Stanford

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first_imgNotre Dame coach Brian Kelly shaking hands with Stanford coach David Shaw after a game.PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shakes hands with head coach David Shaw of the Stanford Cardinal after they game at Stanford Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)We’ve hit the half in South Bend. As expected, Notre Dame and Stanford are locked in a tight battle.The 8th-ranked Fighting Irish lead the 7th-ranked Cardinal 21-14 at intermission. Notre Dame scored late in the second quarter to take the lead.Making his second-straight start for ND, Ian Book looks sharp, throwing for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-14 passing. He found Nic Weishar and Chase Claypool for scores.Meanwhile, running back Dexter Williams is making his first appearance of the year after serving a four-game suspension. He’s carried nine times for 99 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown.For Stanford, stars Bryce Love and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside are doing what they do best. Both have scored touchdowns for the Cardinal.Who will win this game? ESPN’s Probability Index is heavily for Notre Dame.The second half of Notre Dame-Stanford is coming up. You can watch on NBC.A win for the Fighting Irish would almost certainly vault them up a spot or two in the polls.last_img read more

College Football Insider Has Significant Les Miles Update

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first_imgLes Miles hangs on the sideline during a game against Texas A&M.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers look on during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Former LSU head coach Les Miles could be headed for his next collegiate coaching gig. According to multiple reports, Miles spoke with Kansas athletic director Jeff Long about the opening to coach the Jayhawks.Kansas fired former head coach David Beaty earlier this season after Beaty failed to win more than three games in a season.College football insider Dennis Dodd gave an update on the Les Miles-to-Kansas situation. Dodd initially reported the interest between the two.According to Dodd, a flight carrying Long and deputy AD Sean Lester was scheduled to head to Baton Rouge.A FlexJet plane from Dallas carrying Long and Kansas deputy athletic director Sean Lester landed in Lawrence, Kansas, about approximately 6:20 p.m. ET. According to sources, it was scheduled to depart from Dallas to Baton Rouge at some point on Thursday but that flight was cancelled.Despite the failed meeting, Miles reportedly remains the front-runner for the job. Miles hasn’t coached since he was fired by LSU in 2016.Stay tuned.[CBS Sports]last_img read more

Cardale Jones Opening Training Facility In Columbus

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first_img Jones was an in-state recruit for the Buckeyes in 2012, but was largely relegated to spot duty behind Braxton Miller and later J.T. Barrett until the Michigan game in 2014.Barrett was injured in the game, forcing Jones into the starting lineup right as the Buckeyes began their run in the first-ever College Football Playoff. In three games as a starter he helped lead the team to a Big Ten title win over Wisconsin, followed by a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and culminating in a national title win over Oregon.Despite his part in Ohio State’s historic College Football Playoff victory, he ultimately lost the starting job back to Barrett the following season.Jones declared for the NFL Draft at the end of the 2015 season, and was drafted in the fourth round by the Buffalo Bills.After seeing the field only sparingly in his rookie season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers the following year. He has spent the last two seasons on and off the active roster and was most recently signed to a reserve/future contract with the team in January.[Eleven Warriors] Cardale Jones kneeling in the end zone before a game.ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes kneels in the end zone prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Oregon Ducks at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State great Cardale Jones has largely flown under the radar the last few years, since leaving his alma mater. While he may be working hard to keep his NFL dream alive, he’s also giving back to his home state of Ohio.According to Eleven Warriors, Jones and former Ohio State coach Eric Lichter have opened a new training facility in Columbus. The facility, Plus Two University, will offer “a wide variety of training programs for people of all ages, including adult boot camps, elite athlete training and pro day training for small school college programs…”In an interview with the outlet, Jones explained that the facility is not exclusively meant for great athletes and potential college players, but rather those who would use athletics to gain self-confidence and cope with problems in their lives.“Our target audience isn’t the freak athletes that’s no matter who they train with, no matter where they go are going to have a bright, athletic career. Our target audience is pretty much the kids that’s struggling maybe with bullying or struggling with confidence or struggling kids that are 12 years old but athletically and physically they are 9 years old,” Jones said. “Me personally, I think they’re going to gain a lot of self-confidence. A lot of awareness and a lot of determination and hard work.”Per the report, Lichter will largely run the day-to-day operations with Jones training there in the offseason and appearing as often as possible.last_img read more

Premiers China Trade Mission Gets Results

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first_imgNova Scotia and Canada are seeing important results from the premiers’ trade mission to China. Yesterday in Beijing, Premier Darrell Dexter, who is leading the mission, met with the director of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), which oversees ocean technology research and development for the Chinese government. During the meeting, Nova Scotia and SOA agreed to pursue co-operation in three areas: marine coastal management; marine disaster mitigation; and marine energy, including tidal energy. “This is a promising development that could result in tremendous opportunities to advance the province’s knowledge in this area, particularly in tidal energy,” said Premier Dexter. Also in Beijing, the premiers met with Chinese vice-premier Wang Qishan who serves under Premier Wen Jiabao in the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. During the meeting, the premiers discussed their ambitious trade and investment agendas in which Chinese markets play a key role. The premiers also met with Chen Deming, China’s Minister of Commerce, and discussed Canada’s relationship with China, including $65 billion worth of trade in 2010 and $15.4 billion worth of two-way investment. Canada’s provinces and territories play an important role in developing and maintaining this economic relationship. The premiers also discussed numerous opportunities to expand investment, given the conclusion of the Canada-China Foreign Investment and Protection Agreement negotiations. In addition, Premier Dexter and Premier Alison Redford co-led a meeting with Li Fanrong, CEO of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). Discussions focused on CNOOC’s desire to continue investment in Canadian energy projects and the premiers addressed investment opportunities in their provinces and territories. Premier Dexter also discussed the recent $970-million Shell Canada exploration investment in Nova Scotia’s offshore and other offshore opportunities. The premiers also had productive meetings with Huang Danhua, vice-chairwoman of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Committee (SASAC) and Zhang Xiaoqiang, vice-minister and deputy chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). “Simply put, for Canada, trade means jobs,” said Premier Dexter. “What we have found these past few days is a generous host that is keen to develop the same economic ties that we are seeking.” Other business in China includes signing a new trade agreement between Atlantic Canada Resources and Shenzhen LeTianTian Food Company that will ensure the purchase of seafood from Nova Scotia continues. On Saturday, Premier Dexter will attend the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Cape Breton University and China Synfuels that will lead to an agreement to develop a Synfuels research and development laboratory at CBU’s Verschuren Centre. Under the agreement, the two parties will explore joint research programs and collaborate on commercialization of synthetic fuels. The premiers are leading a delegation of 110 business and institutional leaders on the mission. Premiers and delegates will proceed to Shanghai on Saturday and to Hong Kong on Sept. 19. The Council of the Federation mission ends Sept. 20. The Council of the Federation comprises all 13 provincial and territorial premiers. It allows premiers to work collaboratively to strengthen the Canadian federation by fostering a constructive relationship among the provinces and territories and with the federal government. For more information on the mission to China visit novascotia.ca/cof/ .last_img read more

Casablanca: Bus crashes into Bank Agency Injures Eight People

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first_imgCasablanca – A bus crashed into a bank agency located at Ibn Tachfine Boulevard on Thursday morning, leaving eight people injured, according to LE360.  On Thursday, one of El Madina buses crashed into a bank agency on Ibn Tachfine Boulevard, in Casablanca’s Roches Noires neighborhood, leaving 8 people injured and serious material damages.Some witnesses said brake failure was what caused the bus to end up in the bank agency, according to LE360. According to the same source, the bus crash took place at 6:30 am. The bus driver had allegedly attempted to avoid collision with a truck coming from the opposite direction, before the bus ended up crashing into the bank agency.Eight injured victims were subsequently taken to Mohammed V hospital in Casablanca.last_img read more

Belgian Minister Under Fire for Racist Comments Against Moroccans

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Rabat-The Belgian government is facing a storm of criticism after one of its Ministers made racist comments about Moroccan, Algerian, and Congolese immigrants and questioning their contribution to the development of the country.Theo Francken, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration and a Flemish nationalist, doubted that Moroccan, Algerian and Congolese immigrants could add any value for Belgium.Media reports revealed these statements based on a Facebook status that the Belgian politician wrote on November 21, 2011. He questioned the value Moroccan, Algerian and Congolese immigrants can add to Belgium’s economy in comparison to the Jewish, Indian, and Chinese immigrants. This statement was labeled racist categorization and a “worrying development,” especially from an official who takes the tenure of immigration and asylum.Theo Francken said: “I can figure the added value of Jewish, Chinese and Indian diasporas, but less that of the Moroccan, Congolese, or Algerian diasporas.”The statement brought him heavy criticism and forced him to apologize in front of the federal parliament three years later.“I realize I hurt people by saying this. I never intended to. I want to present my sincere apologies. I can guarantee you that I will be a state secretary who defends the interests of all the people in this country, with a great respect for everyone,” he was quoted by the Guardian as saying.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

American Dream quickly becoming an illusion says UN human rights expert

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“The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion, as the US now has the lowest rate of social mobility of any of the rich countries,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, Friday, at the end of a fact finding mission to the country.“Instead of realizing its founders’ admirable commitments, today’s United States has proved itself to be exceptional in far more problematic ways that are shockingly at odds with its immense wealth and its founding commitment to human rights,” he added.Assumption that poor come from minorities is wrong – UN expertIn his statement, the Mr. Alston also stated that the assumption that poor came from ethnic minority groups is not correct and in fact there are eight million more white people than African-Americans living in poverty.“The face of poverty in America is not only black or Hispanic, but also white, Asian and many other colours,” he said.He went on to add that he was “struck” by the extent to which construed narratives about supposed distinctive differences between the rich and poor have been “sold” to the electorate by some politicians and the media.The face of poverty in America is not only black or Hispanic, but also white, Asian and many other colours – Special Rapporteur Philip AlstonSuch misconceptions included notions that “the rich are industrious, entrepreneurial, patriotic and the drivers of economic success [while] the poor are wasters, losers and scammers,” he explained.“Despite the fact that this is contradicted by the facts, some of the politicians and political appointees with whom I spoke were completely sold on the narrative of such scammers sitting on comfortable sofas, watching colour TVs, while surfing on their smartphones, all paid for by welfare.”“I wonder how many of these politicians have ever visited poor areas, let alone spoken to those who dwell there,” he noted.Proposed policy and welfare cuts could ‘essentially shred’ safety nets – UN expert Further in the statement, the Special Rapporteur also expressed the fear that proposed changes in US tax and welfare policies could have “devastating consequences” for the poorest in the country and make it the “most unequal society in the world.”“The dramatic cuts in welfare, foreshadowed by President [Donald] Trump and [House of Representatives] Speaker [Paul] Ryan, and already beginning to be implemented by the administration, will essentially shred crucial dimensions of a safety net that is already full of holes.”“Several administration officials told me that as far as welfare reform is concerned, states are, in Justice Louis D. Brandeis’ famous phrase, ‘laboratories of innovation.’ Recent proposals to drug-test welfare recipients in Wisconsin and West Virginia, along with Mississippi’s recent purge of its welfare rolls, raise concerns that the administration would happily look the other way while states conducted what were in essence unethical experiments on the poor.”Mr. Alston’s final report on his US visit will be available in Spring 2018 and will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2018. The statement he delivered in Washington DC today can be found here.During his two-week mission, at the invitation of the federal government, the UN expert visited California, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as Puerto Rico.UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Senate meeting agenda for March 18

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Senate will receive the final report from the Ad-hoc Committee on Program Review and Prioritization. A motion asking Senate to accept and approve the report has been put forward. Senate will determine the next steps in terms of how this report is to be implemented. Once Senate has approved the final report, it will also decide how the report is to be released to the Brock community and more widely. https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35321The report of the Governance Committee will include an In Camera discussion of potential Honorary Degree nominees. The report of the Research and Scholarship Policy Committee includes motions to extend the terms of the Centre for Bone and Muscle Health for an additional five years, and for the approval of the remaining two years of the Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre’s original five-year mandate. https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35306The reports of the Information Technology and Infrastructure Committee, Planning Priorities and Budget Advisory Committee, Graduate Studies Committee, Teaching and Learning Policy Committee have been posted for information. The Undergraduate Program Committee includes motions to Senate related to the following: Changes to Faculty Handbook III, A. Section 11.10 Transcripts and Diplomas; changes to Articulation Agreements – Policing and Criminal Justice; introduction of Articulation Agreements – Goodman School of Business; introduction of Articulation Agreement – Sport Management; changes to program – Masters Preparation Certificate in Education; proposed changes to program requirements – Policing and Criminal Justice; proposed changes to program requirements – Recreation and Leisure Studies; proposed additions and changes to the undergraduate course bank.The Academic Review Committee includes a motion to Senate for approval of Major Modifications to the BEd Primary/Junior (Aboriginal) program in the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education. The March 2015 meeting of Senate will take place on Wednesday March 18 at 3 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. The full agenda and supporting materials are available at https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35394Here is a brief summary of the agenda.The Report of the President (https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35297) includes his identical report to the Board. This document provides a significant indication of the challenges facing Brock as well as identifying strategies for what the President identifies as defending our current mission, maximizing our enrolment potential and improving our financial position. All members of the Brock community are encouraged to read this document.https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35297In addition to identifying many of the significant recent achievements within each Faculty, the Report of the Vice President Academic also reports that the MTCU has approved the BA (Honours) Game Design and BSc (Honours) Game Programming submissions for full funding, commencing in September 2015. The report also includes updates from the Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning. These include the announcement that the Department of Dramatic Arts has been been successful in receiving Provincial funding for one online course module, a link to the executive summary of Brock’s 2014 NSSE results, and an update from the Co-Op Programs office.https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/34802.The report of the Vice President, Research and Scholarship celebrates the achievements of many Brock researchers as evidenced by the recent Celebration of Research. The report also recognizes the success of research grant recipients. The Vice President will also provide a Power Point presentation comparing Brock’s publication performance to that of other institutions https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35372 The report of the Academic Colleague identifies a number of significant, impending government decisions, particularly related to funding and accountability, including outcomes surveys. The report also identifies a number of new COU initiatives. read more

Bautista bat flip baseball sells for more than US28000

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BROWSE Jose Bautista The baseball from Jose Bautista’s bat-flip home run has been sold for more than $28,000 at auction.Bidding on the ball from Bautista’s three-run homer in Toronto’s wild 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series closed on Friday with a flurry of last minute bids within the final hours.The price rose from the reserve bid of US$3,500 on Jan. 4 to more than US$14,000 four weeks later.In the final hour of the auction, the final four bids pushed the selling price from US$16,081 to US$28,252.80 – or almost $37,000 Canadian.The final bid ended up being US$23,544 but under rules of the auction, anyone who submitted a bid on the ball before that 10 p.m. deadline was entitled to re-bid in a 30-minute exclusive window.“We were really surprised by the price on this one,” Lelands co-founder Josh Evans told CityNews.“It was mostly Canadians bidding,” said Evans. “I think there was a certain patriotism to it.”Evans would not disclose the name of the winning bidder, saying only “the eventual buyer was Canadian.”That is good news for the anonymous Canadian consignor who was hoping the ball would stay north of the border.“When it gets to that high-dollar amount, I hope there’s somebody in Canada that sees the importance of it being here,” said the spokesperson for the small group that owns the ball. “We made the decision to take some of the money and make a donation to Robbie Alomar’s foundation. We want to keep the ball safe here and if not, we’re going to give some money to them and let them do what they do.“But I hope a big business or a big CEO steps up and buys it and puts it on display for the fans. That’s what we really want. We want it to come back here and let the fans see it.”Bautista’s seventh-inning home run won the ALDS for Toronto and became entrenched in Blue Jays lore when it was punctuated by his notorious bat flip.The now famous bat is kept in a glass case in Toronto’s clubhouse in a foyer between the manager’s office and the players’ locker-room. The bat was on display for fans to see at the Blue Jays WinterFest that was held Jan. 19 and 20 at Rogers Centre, but the ball’s location remained private until it went up for auction on Jan. 4.Alomar’s Foundation 12 helps youth baseball players in Canada with financial assistance, program support, and educational opportunities. Alomar, who was the second baseman for Toronto’s World Series championship teams in 1992 and 1993, is the only player to wear a Blue Jays cap into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.“(Foundation 12) does some amazing work with young people in baseball, special needs people,” said the consignor. “Robbie was the greatest Blue Jay of all time, he’s a Hall of Famer, he’s a wonderful guy, we know him a little bit just from being at different events.“They do some amazing work.”Bautista is currently a free agent after leaving Toronto in 2017 and playing for the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in 2018. His 288 home runs are second all-time in Blue Jays franchise history behind Carlos Delgado’s 336. read more

Ohio State Athlete of the Week Mens tennis Peter Kobelt

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Placing second at the 2012 ITA All-American Championships Sunday in Tulsa, Okla., Ohio State men’s tennis’ redshirt junior Peter Kobelt is more than pleased with his performance on the Case Tennis Center courts.“I was very happy with my performance, I beat five guys who are high on their respective team’s line-ups,” Kobelt said. “Being able to put five matches together like that and play that long in the tournament shows that I have been doing the right things over the summer training-wise and conditioning-wise. It was really nice to see.”The New Albany, Ohio, native won five matches, two of which were against top 10-ranked players. Kobelt fell in the singles finale to No. 6-seeded Alex Domijan of Virginia, 7-5, 6-1.Kobelt attributed his wins to his serving strengths and mobility.“I was serving at a very high percentage for serves and I was able to get around and hit a lot of forehands in the beginning to control the court,” Kobelt said.Coach Ty Tucker said he was impressed with Kobelt’s finish.“Obviously it was very strong, to finish No. 2 in the nation at that tournament is big,” Tucker said. “It’s the first time we have had a player finish in the individual All-American singles.”The redshirt junior also played in the doubles bracket beside senior Connor Smith, but the duo left Tulsa, Okla., without a doubles title after falling in the second round of competition.“We played OK, but we came up short, we played a tough team and it was bad weather,” Smith said. “It was only pro sets so it was tough, but we came out a bit slow.”In addition to finishing second in the nation this week, Kobelt is ranked as the No. 35 tennis player in the countrybut he said he was not sure of the ranking at first.“I had a general idea on where I would be from last season with the ongoing seniors that left,” Kobelt said. “I don’t know how comfortable I was, I had an OK season but I wasn’t too confident right from the beginning.”Tucker said Kobelt’s ranking has come as a result of the player utilizing his strengths as a player.“His biggest strengths are his serve and the fact that he is a junior now, but a redshirt junior, so it’s his fourth year and he knows what is expected of him,” Tucker said. “He knows what kind of game he has and what he needs to do.”Kobelt and the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to East Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 18, to compete in the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships. read more

Virginia Outlaws Deepfake Revenge Porn

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first_img Deepfake revenge pornography is now a crime in Virginia.An updated mandate, which took effect Monday, broadens an existing law that states anyone who shares or sells explicit images or videos to “coerce, harass, or intimidate” is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.And therefore is subject to up to a year in jail and a fine of no more than $2,500.Revenge porn dates back to the 1980s, when Hustler magazine published nude photos of women, often without their permission. But it gained international attention in 2010 when Hunter Moore launched the user-submitted pornography site IsAnyoneUp.In early 2015, Reddit banned the posting of sexually explicit content without consent, and Twitter followed suit a month later. Search giants Google and Microsoft later announced they would remove links to revenge porn on request.In this high-tech day and age, though, you don’t need previously recorded content to wreak havoc.Deepfakes—a technique for human image synthesis based on artificial intelligence—makes it easy to plant anyone’s face onto anyone else’s body, making them say and do whatever you want.“The non-consensual dissemination of intimate photos or videos is not just humiliating for victims, but it can also carry significant emotional, psychological, and even financial repercussions,” according to Virginia Democrat Marcus Simon, who introduced HB 2678 to protect victims of deepfakes.Laws preventing revenge porn already exist in 41 states and Washington, D.C.But Simon’s bill—which adds language addressing “a falsely created videographic or still image”—is “one of the first of its kind in the country,” NBC12 reported.“Deepfakes are yet another malicious tool used to harass and terrorize individuals, who are most often women,” the delegate said.The Virginia General Assembly passed the updated bill in March, when it was also signed by Gov. Ralph Northam.More on Geek.com:Pornhub, Twitter Crack Down on AI-Generated EroticaDeepfake Tool Makes It Easy to Put Words Into Someone’s MouthNo, Wonder Woman Did Not Star in a Porno: AI Creates Fake Celeb Erotica Adobe’s New AI Tool Can Identify Photoshopped FacesDeepfake Tool Makes It Easy to Put Words Into Someone’s Mouth Stay on targetlast_img read more

RBDF Squad Donates to Bahamas Cancer Society

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first_img (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 6, 2017 – Nassau – Several Officers and Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force made a charitable donation to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas on Wednesday past.The group of men, which comprised Entry 20, presented a monetary donation to the president of Cancer Society, Dr. Williamson Chea, at the organization’s headquarters located East Terrace Centerville.The men of Entry 20 enlisted in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on June 9, 1987 with a total of 65 individuals.   To date, there are currently 23 active members still serving on the force.  Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel lauds the efforts of the Officers and Marines who saw the need to support a great organization within our community.RBDF Cancer Society Photo shows: Some of the former and present members of Entry 20 making a monetary presentation to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas. From Left: Dr. Darius Anwala, Board Member Cancer Society, Stephen Pennerman, Dr. Williamson Chea, President of Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Lieutenant Commander Stephen Rolle, Chief Petty Officer Samuel Smith and Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Lorenzo Carey. (RBDF Photo by Marine Seaman Kyle Smith)center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Mass drives Galaxy to 3Q18 growth despite challenges

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first_imgFlagship property Galaxy Macau saw its net revenue increase 7% year-on-year to HK$9.3 billion including gaming revenue of HK$8.2 billion. Rolling chip volume was up 15% to HK$189.6 billion with win of HK$6.4 billion, while mass table drop grew 11.5% to HK$10.7 billion with win of HK$4.4 billion. EGM handle rose 11.3% to HK$527 million.At StarWorld, net revenue grew 7% to HK$2.9 billion year-on-year with Adjusted EBITDA up 16% to HK$927 million. Rolling chip volume increased 10.3% to HK$73.8 billion with win of HK$2.2 billion while mass table drop grew 13% to HK$4 billion with win of HK$1.7 billion. EGM handle rose 23.9% to HK$41 million.GEG’s mass-only property Broadway Macau enjoyed a particularly strong quarter, with net revenue for 3Q18 up 38% year-on-year to HK$145 million and Adjusted EBITDA reaching HK$9 million, a 350% sequential increase and 150% higher than the same period last year.Mass table drop at Broadway increased 31.5% to HK$242 million with win of HK$62 million while slot handle grew 178% to HK$509 million with win of HK$11 million.Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen said Galaxy continues to impress despite concerns over the potential impact of external factors.“While acknowledging the macro backdrop, management clearly remains bullish on what they’re seeing over the short term: October’s Golden Week volumes were strong (VIP in double digits, mass in high teens) and 4Q is on pace to be the strongest quarter in years (and therefore the strongest of 2018),” he said.“Obviously one-time events like World Cup in July and the super typhoon in September kept 3Q from being even stronger, but these months book-ended August, which was the strongest month of the year for GEG. At the same time, 3Q was also negatively impacted by construction disruption as all gaming rooms went offline at some point to be retrofitted for smoking lounges.” Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau Galaxy Entertainment Group saw its net revenue grow 6% year-on-year to HK$13.0 billion and Adjusted EBITDA 10% to HK$3.9 billion in 3Q18, the increases coming despite bad luck across all three of its Macau properties and the mid-September closure of casino operations for more than 30 hours during Typhoon Mangkhut.Galaxy’s results weren’t as strong as the previous quarter, with revenue and EBITDA down 7.0% and 10.0% respectively from 2Q18. Nevertheless, the company recorded its 11th consecutive month of year-on-year EBITDA growth on the back of a standout performance in the mass market segment. RelatedPostslast_img read more

PFD announcement fanfare is gone as dividends are cut in half

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first_imgAlaskans file their Permanent Fund dividend applications in downtown Anchorage in March 2016. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)If the state budget didn’t lower Alaska Permanent Fund dividends this year, they would have been among the highest in state history, at more than $2,300. Instead, they will be $1,100, deposited or mailed on Oct. 5.Listen nowThe day that permanent fund dividends were announced used to be a celebration.By 2015, Gov. Bill Walker had a grave tone, as Palmer middle-schooler Shania Sommer announced a PFD of more than $2,000.“Some may see this dollar amount, which Shania will announce and go, well, everything is fine,” he said. “Well, it’s not. We have some challenges as a result of the price of oil.”This year was different again. The announcement came in a Friday afternoon press release.Permanent Fund Dividend Division officials say they didn’t calculate what PFDs would have been, since it wasn’t necessary. Last year, the dividend amount wasn’t certain until the announcement, because it depended on the number of applicants who were eligible. This year, the Legislature set the amount.Anchorage resident Andrée McLeod reached out to state officials, lawmakers and reporters, asking why the amount set by the original state law wasn’t made public.“Why has this administration not gone through the process to actually inform and notice Alaskans what that exact amount of the dividend would have been had the Legislature not dickered around with our Permanent Fund dividend amounts?” McLeod said.The amount of Permanent Fund earnings available for PFDs under the state law that created dividends was $1.55 billion. The state expects about 640,000 Alaskans to receive dividends.Putting current state data through the formula in state law that historically set dividend values, PFDs would have been about $2,350 each.That would have been the highest dollar figure in dividend history, without adjusting for inflation. With inflation, it would have been the fifth-highest.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson said he understands why the administration didn’t announce the number.“There was no hiding of the number,” Josephson said. “It was talked about all the time. So, I’m not quite sure what the complaint is. I understand why the Department of Revenue might not want to run a set of numbers that are sort of moot at this point.”Josephson said the House majority he’s a member of didn’t want to reduce PFDs without adding new revenue. But he said a deal over dividends was necessary to avoid a state government shutdown.“We were left with the following situation: Does the government shut down because the two sides are at loggerheads on the first of July or do we at least try to secure adequate public services for the people?” Josephson said.The Legislature drew from another savings account – the Constitutional Budget Reserve – in order to cover the gap between how much the government spends and how much it brings in, in taxes, fees and oil royalties. Walker said he’ll call lawmakers back on October 23rd to Juneau for a fourth special session, focused on revenue.last_img read more

Looting ravages Venezuela unrest death toll hits 36

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first_imgView of damages in a supermarket in Valencia, Carabobo State, on Friday, the day after anti-government protesters looted stores, set fire to cars and clashed with police, leaving at least five people injured, and one dead after being hit in the head by a projectile. Photo: AFPA young man died Friday after he was injured in violence as looting broke out in impoverished Venezuelan cities, an official said, bringing the toll from unrest in more than a month of anti-government protests to at least 36.Hecder Lugo Perez, 22, died after he was hit in the head by a projectile in the northwestern city of Valencia, sources at the Valles de San Diego medical clinic said. City Mayor Enzo Scarano confirmed his death.Mass protests erupted on April 1 by demonstrators demanding elections to remove President Nicolas Maduro. They blame him for an economic crisis that has caused shortages of food, medicine and other basics.Anger boiled over Friday in the western municipality of Rosario de Perija, where young protesters burned, pulled down and then smashed a statue of former president Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s late predecessor and mentor, according to video posted on social media showing the incident in a public square.Looting broke out this week in cities such as Valencia, which looked like a disaster zone with bars on shop windows bent and windows broken.“There was a crowd of them. They broke through the walls and took everything. They destroyed everything” before police came and fired tear gas to disperse the looters, said Nuvia Torrealba, 42, who worked in a bakery.“My bosses have lost their home and we are out of a job. It was horrible.”Residents were stockpiling food, water and fuel. At least 70 stores have been raided since Tuesday, the Valencia chamber of commerce said.“They are taking advantage of the protests to go out and rob,” said Magaly Oliveros, a 64-year-old housewife in Valencia.“Today we are hungry, and tomorrow we will be hungrier still because there is nothing.”Army allegationsMaduro is resisting opposition demands for elections.Each side accuses the other of using armed groups to sow violence in the demonstrations.Maduro has the public backing of the military high command, which analysts say is key to resisting the protests.However, senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Friday that 85 mid-ranking army officers have been detained for opposing moves to crack down on protesters.He cited information he said was given by the officers’ families.Weekend protestsMaduro’s opponents called for women to march on Saturday dressed in white, a traditional show of defiance against what they brand a repressive government.“The regime is falling,” said Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, outside the prison near Caracas where she was demanding to see her husband.“It has no strength and is showing its worst side, using weapons because it is does not have right on its side.”The president has launched moves to reform the constitution, further angering the opposition, which says he is trying to dodge elections.He says the economic crisis is a US-backed conspiracy to topple him and install a right-wing government.“We will not let a fascist regime be set up here,” said Elias Jaua, the official appointed to lead a presidential commission on the constitutional reforms.Capriles said the opposition will take no part in the constitutional discussions.The celebrity Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, added his voice to calls for an end to the violence on Thursday.He called for Maduro to “listen to the voice of the Venezuelan people”, in a message posted on Facebook.last_img read more

Houstons East End Continues To Grow And Change Despite Harvey

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first_img Share A year ago, Houston Matters visited Headquarters, then the latest collaborative workspace that was opening in Houston’s East End. There, we spoke with the Greater East End Management District about how the area has grown in the past several years.So what’s that growth like today?We learn more from Veronica Gorczynski, president of the Greater East End Management District, and Patrick Ezzell, director of economic development and infrastructure for the Management District. They tell us about how the East End is changing in terms of business and real estate and whether Harvey affected development there. Then we hear from City Council Member Robert Gallegos, who represents District I, which occupies a portion of the East End.last_img read more