Boxer Vijender Singh decides to move up to 81kg from next year

first_imgThe London Olympics disappointment behind him, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh is all set to pack a heavier punch from next year, when he goes up a division to light heavyweight (81kg) for the World Championships.”There is nothing much this year. I will be participating in the World championship in the 81kg category,” Vijender, who lost in the quarterfinals of the London Games, said.The strapping six-footer had a hugely successful stint in the 75kg division, bagging his and the country’s first Olympic and World Championships boxing medal (a bronze in both events) in the category.The 26-year-old also went on to become the world number one in 75kg after the World Championships medal in 2009.Meanwhile, the Haryana-lad would give the Nationals a miss for the fifth year running. But he would be there on the sidelines of the tournament, scheduled in Hyderabad from October 30 to November 4, to catch the action live.”No, I am not participating in the Nationals though I will certainly be going to watch bouts. I will be going there for the opening ceremony,” he said.Vijender was in the city to shoot for a campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) against confinement of animals by circuses.last_img read more

UK announces new measures for improving visa services in India

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 16 (PTI) The UK today announced a series of measures for improving its visa services including expanding the same day, super-priority services to first-time visitors from India, one of Britains largest visa markets.Britains Immigration Minister James Brokenshire, who is on a five-day visit to the country, announced the new package for improving the visa services for Indian nationals during a visit to a visa application centre here.Improvements to the visa services include expanding the same day, super-priority visa services to first-time visitors and for work visas.The three to five day priority visa service will also be expanded to visit, study and work routes, allowing more applicants in India to seek a faster visa decision.”India is one of the UKs largest visa market and we continue to make improvements to the service here to make it as easy and straightforward as possible for our customers to apply for their visas,” Brokenshire said.He said that more and more Indian visitors are choosing to come to the UK on holiday and for business. Last year, the UK saw a 17 per cent increase in the number of visit visas issued, he said.”Indian holidaymakers are very welcome in the UK and thanks to our strong cultural and historic ties, I think they feel at home there,” he said.”We hope that this year we continue to see an increase in visitors from India and that these improvements prove useful to those applying for their visas,” he said.advertisementFrom the end of this month, Indian visit visa applicants will also be able to benefit from a new online application form, which the British High Commission says isquicker and easier.Besides taking less time, the new online form will make it easier for customers going on holiday or for business to the UK and Europe, to apply for both UK and Schengen visas.Once the form has been filled out, customers will be able to download an auto-completed Schengen application form to print and apply with.Initially the form will be launched in English but it will be translated into Hindi, Tamil and Gujarati.The visiting British minister also announced the launch of a new visa application centre (VAC) in Lucknow, the first in Uttar Pradesh. PTI AK PMS AKJ PMSlast_img read more

Olympiakos squanders 2-goal lead, draws 2-2 at Platanias

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending champion Olympiakos blew a 2-0 lead and finished up drawing with Platanias 2-2 in the Greek league on Saturday.Brown Ideye scored Olympiakos’ goals within 13 minutes, but the hosts pulled a goal back in the 36th through Giorgos Yiakoumakis, who gained a penalty four minutes later when he was brought down in the area. Giorgos Manousos converted the free kick.Platanias was the only team to score twice against Olympiakos this season.Olympiakos was 13 points ahead of Xanthi, Panionios, and Panathinaikos, who all play on Sunday. The first two play Giannena and Asteras, respectively, and Panathinaikos hosts AEK Athens.Also on Saturday, Veria beat Levadiakos 2-0. Iraklis vs. Kerkyra was postponed.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Naidu for imparting school education in mother tongue

first_imgNew Delhi, Sept 5 (PTI) Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday made a strong pitch for imparting school education in mother tongue throughout the country. He also said history books should have chapters on local personalities and eminent Indians who have made the country proud through their deeds. The Vice President, who gave away national awards to 45 teachers on the occasion of Teachers Day, said students should have a strong attachment to their motherland and develop a feeling of “Indianness” rather than “ape” the west. While technology has made rapid inroads into the education sector, he said it cannot replace the teacher who only can mould the students into good citizens. He said children who see Google should also apply their mind, adding “Google can never replace guru”. “I would like to advice the government, not only the central government but the state government as well that eduction must basically be in the mother tongue” he said here. Naidu, however, made it clear that he was not against English medium schools while he sought to dispel the impression that only students passing out from these schools can succeed in life. He gave examples of himself, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some chief ministers who rose from humble background to occupy constitutional posts. Talking about historical figures and social reformers such as Mahatma Phule, Narayana Guru, M Visvesvaraya and Kabir, the Vice President said history lessons should focus on them and not British rulers who “looted” the nation and “our mind”. He also slammed those opposing the inclusion of local history in textbooks.advertisement Naidu suggested the teachers keep upgrading their professional competence and raise the standard of education, as he expressed concern over deteriorating standards of learning outcome in schools. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedkar listed various initiatives launched by his ministry under the ambitious ‘Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan’ to impart quality education. The initiatives include upgradation of Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalayas from class VIII to class XII and giving annual grants to 15 lakh government schools for library and sports facilities. The selection of the teachers for the national awards was conducted under a revised guideline this year, says a statement. The number of awardees was brought down to just 45 from about 300 awardees. Majority of the teachers awarded today used IT application in making learning interesting for students, it said, adding some of them even developed learning-based apps. The nominated teachers had given a presentation last month before an independent jury comprising a senior educationist. This ensured that all of them were given an opportunity to place before the jury their contribution and the work done by them, the statement said. In all, 6,692 applications were received from teachers from all over the country. Out of the applications received, every district selected three best teachers and forwarded these to the committee under the state secretary of education who made a short-list. A total of 152 nominations were finally received from all states, union territories and organisations, the statement said, adding the final selection was done by an independent jury. PTI SAN san TVSTVSlast_img read more

JEEP Provides Employment for 700 Persons in West Central St. James

first_imgApproximately 700 persons gained employment on various projects undertaken in West Central St. James, under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), at a cost of $35 million.State Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, and Member of Parliament for the constituency, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, informed that the projects were done in the communities of Spring Gardens, Mount Salem and Granville, and involved the patching and repairing of roads, bushing, and the cleaning of drains.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams made the disclosure as she addressed the House of Representatives during the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate, on June 25.“Repairs were done on the Catherine Mount Road, Mt. Salem Main Road, and Barnett View Heights, Jarrett Terrace, Phoenix Ave, Catherine Drive, Rhynie Drive, Moy Hall, Tower Hill, Bayview Drive, Granville Drive, Gunns Drive and Gordon Crescent,” she noted.She further added that U-drains were constructed at Crawford and Clarke Streets and a main drain was built on Granville Drive.The Member of Parliament reported that repairs were done to the community centre and basic school at Gutters, where the roof was leaking.“In addition, drain cleaning was carried out in Catherine Hall as part of disaster mitigation efforts. We also restored the badly damaged retaining walls on the Long Hill Road and on the Bogue Hill Road, contributing to road safety on the busy thoroughfares of St. James,” she said.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams pointed out that the projects were undertaken in the constituency through JEEP Phases 1 and 2.The JEEP was launched by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on March 22 last year, in Kingston.It is one of the strategies of the Government to respond to the chronic unemployment status of some Jamaicans, particularly those in the lower socio-economic strata, persons with special needs as well as those with low skills levels.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Mental Hai Kya becomes Judgementall Hai Kya after uproar

first_imgMumbai: Balaji Telefilms on Saturday said that it has decided to change the title of its upcoming feature “Mental Hai Kya” after the censor board reportedly raised objections. The Prakash Kovelamudi-directed thriller, starring Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut, has been at the receiving end for quite some time with many people calling the title derogatory and insensitive to mentally-challenged persons. In a statement, a spokesperson for the banner said the film’s title has been changed to “Judgementall Hai Kya”. “Given the sensitivity attached to the issue of mental health and our intention of not offending or hurting anyone’s sentiments, the makers have decided to change the title of the film ‘Mental Hai Kya’ to ‘Judgementall Hai Kya’. “Both Kangana and Rajkummar have outdone themselves in this thriller and we can’t wait for audiences to witness it on the big screen,” the spokesperson said. The representative added that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had raised minor objections to the film while giving it a U/A certificate and the producers have complied with them. “With the CBFC clearance, the film is all set to release on July 26,” the spokesperson said. On Thursday, Kangana had confirmed that the film’s title will be changed. “There will be a mild, small change in the title of the film. Because they find it a bit too harsh. And we are more than happy to do that. Other than that there are absolutely no cuts. They were rather thrilled to see the film,” Kangana had told reporters. Earlier, Members of the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) had written a letter to the CBFC seeking a change in the title, stating that they find it derogatory and demeaning to the mentally ill people. The makers had denied that the film discriminates against people battling mental health issues and in fact, encourages the audience to embrace their individuality. Producer Ekta Kapoor had recently defended the film’s title, saying it doesn’t intend to offend or disregard anyone’s sentiments.last_img read more

Economic cost of Canadian oil price discounts counted in billions of dollars

first_img“When you’re looking at US$40 to $50 differentials on WCS (Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil) versus WTI, whether it’s in this administration or the next administration, XL is a project that the industry needs and is a valuable piece of infrastructure for the North American economy.”TransCanada told investors it expects to raise its dividend at an average annual rate of eight to 10 percent through 2021, an outlook supported by expected growth in earnings and cash flow.The pipeline operator has increased its dividend on common shares in each of the last 18 years.Comparable earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization are expected to grow to about $10 billion in 2021, a 35 percent increase from the $7.4 billion in 2017, TransCanada said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – TransCanada Corp. says it doesn’t know when it will be able to build its Keystone XL pipeline after a Montana judge stopped it last week but it is confident the project will make money once it is built and in service.It’s too soon to say what the decision by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris last Thursday will mean to the timeline and cost of the pipeline, Paul Miller, liquids pipeline president, said at TransCanada’s investor day in Toronto on Tuesday.The project was proposed in 2008, denied by former president Barack Obama in 2015 (leading to a $2.9-billion non-cash write-down for TransCanada) and resurrected by President Donald Trump in 2017. “It’s important to remember our commercial model on XL has not changed materially,” Miller said.“All historical costs, plus (cost of construction), since 2009 are captured for toll determination. The writedown we took in 2015 does not remove these costs from rate-making purposes. We share capital cost variances equally with our shippers.”He said the pipeline capacity, minus an amount that must be reserved for spot shipments, is now fully committed.Indigenous and environmental groups sued TransCanada and the U.S. State Department after Nebraska authorities approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state, arguing it hadn’t properly studied it.In his decision, Morris agreed the analysis didn’t fully cover the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of current oil prices on the pipeline’s viability or include updated modelling of potential oil spills.The proposed 1,897-kilometre pipeline would carry as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude from Hardisty, Alta., to Steel City, Neb., where it would meet up with other pipelines to the U.S. Gulf Coast.center_img TransCanada is examining the deficiencies identified by the judge to determine what affect meeting them will have on the schedule and its last cost estimate of about $10 billion, Miller said.The lack of export pipeline access from Western Canada has been blamed for steep discounts for crude oil compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate, prompting some producers to reduce oil production and leading to record levels of crude-by-rail shipping.Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. has called on the Alberta government to impose production cuts to bring supply in line with takeaway capacity and protect royalties but companies with refineries that benefit from lower prices or contracted export pipeline space oppose the move.“As far as timing around the pipeline, the need for Keystone XL has never been greater,” Miller said at investor day.last_img read more

Hamilton cop injured

Police are still investigating and are not releasing the man’s name at this point. The incident closed a number of nearby streets for a few hours. Police say an officer was dealing with the situation and had to become physical with a man who was being arrested. The officer suffered minor injuries to his hand. Hamilton Police say a man in his 30’s is facing charges after an altercation with an officer. Police were called to the area of John St. and Barton St. just before 11 o’clock Friday night, for “suspicious circumstances.”

EU trims economic growth forecasts amid trade tensions

BRUSSELS — The European Union has trimmed its forecasts for economic growth next year as global trade tensions weigh on the continent’s export-focused manufacturers.The EU executive commission said Wednesday it was reducing its forecast for next year for both the 19-country eurozone and the wider 27 countries that are due to remain in the block after Britain leaves, which is scheduled to happen in October.Eurozone growth is expected to pick up from 1.2% this year to just 1.4% in 2020, down from a previous estimate of 1.5%.The commission said there is a risk that the economy might do worse than that forecast due to “any further escalation of trade tensions.”The U.S. government has imposed tariffs on several countries, particularly China, which has weighed on global trade and manufacturing.The Associated Press read more

Broncos call up Hemingway put Heuerman on IR

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Temarrick Hemingway is the latest tight end to get his shot with the Denver Broncos, who have lost three tight ends to season-ending injuries.The Broncos (5-6), who visit the Bengals (5-6) this weekend, promoted Hemingway from their practice squad Tuesday when they placed Jeff Heuerman on injured reserve.Heuerman broke three ribs and bruised a lung in the Broncos’ 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.Heuerman was in the midst of a breakout season, posting career highs in catches (31) and yards (281) while scoring twice in his fourth NFL season. He’s set to become a free agent after this season.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: AP NFL: and Stapleton, The Associated Press read more

Turning a new corner OSU guard takes on new challenge

As if Evan Turner didn’t do enough already.In the game of basketball, guards typically handle the ball and pass, forwards shoot and score and centers rebound and block shots. So what position is Turner, who led Ohio State in points, rebounds, assists, 3-point percentage and steals a year ago?“He would be your hybrid point forward, whatever those announcers call those guys,” coach Thad Matta said. “He’s a guy that can do a lot of different things.”Technically speaking, Turner started all 33 games last season at shooting guard, with juniors Jeremie Simmons and P.J. Hill splitting the point guard duties. But the 6-foot-7 swingman handled the leather as much as any point guard would, as evidenced by his team-high 7.1 assists per game.As the Buckeyes turn the page on a new season, Matta will present Turner with a new role to add to his arsenal: the team’s true point guard.“I think I’m going to do a little bit of everything,” said Turner, a First Team All-Big Ten selection last year. “I’m going to start off at point guard, trying to orchestrate the team. I always prefer to have the ball in my hands and try to have control over the game.”While his all-around statistics impress, Turner’s passing ability caught Matta’s eye, triggering the idea to start the junior at the point.“One thing I’ve seen a lot of improvement in is Evan’s passing,” Matta said. “That’s something that we talked about in the offseason. From that standpoint, we’ve got to get him the ball in certain situations because he finds guys, and it’s advantageous for us where he is when he catches it. The defense has a lot of decisions to make. When we have guys around him that can shoot it, that’s good for us.”The switch means that Hill and Simmons will both come off the bench, a demotion they refuse to scoff at, knowing full well that the team excels best when Turner possesses the ball.“It benefits us a lot because Evan is such a great player that he can not only create for himself, but he can create for others,” Hill said. “That makes the game easy when a guy can drive. Everybody is all eyes on him, they help, we move into position, and he gets us the ball on time every time where we want it.“And even if they don’t help, then he scores. Good things happen when he has the ball. He’s a very special player.”Matta hopes that the move will enable Turner’s teammates to contribute more for a team that won 22 games and lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.While defenses concentrate on Turner setting up the offense, forward David Lighty expects the rest of the players on the court to get less attention, and open shots as a result.“He creates for everyone out there on the floor,” said Lighty, who missed the majority of last season with a broken foot. “You have to double-team him because if you don’t, he’s going to hurt you. Whatever defenders have to do to stop him, it’s going to help us out because they have to read him.”He might not match his league-high 17.3 points per game average from last year, but Turner should find plenty of open teammates.“I score in other ways,” Turner said. “We have an equal balance of scoring, and it makes it even easier for everyone else on the team. If [his scoring] takes a hit, it takes a hit. We’re just trying to get some more wins in the win column.”In all, both coaches and players feel that placing Turner at the point puts him — and the team — in the best position to exceed the predicted preseason finish of third in the conference.“Coach Matta is helping me understand the system more and putting trust in me to carry out what needs to be done,” Turner said. “I think that I can make plays, and I have a lot of teammates who can make shots. Whichever way we go, we’ll try to be successful with it.” read more

Dublin footballer Tomas Brady out for season after tearing cruciate ligament

first_imgDUBLIN FOOTBALLER TOMAS Brady is to miss the rest of the season after tearing his cruciate ligament.The Na Fianna club man suffered the injury in training with the county side this week and it was subsequently diagnosed as a rupture of his ACL.It is a huge setback for Brady after he previously tore the cruciate while in action for the county hurlers in 2011.On that occasion Brady tore his cruciate in June of that season during the first-half in the Leinster hurling semi-final in Tullamore against Galway.Brady returned to line out for the county hurlers last year but then switched allegiances to the Dublin football squad for the 2013 season.He had featured in Dublin’s National League winning campaign this year and featured in league ties against Kerry in Killarney, Mayo in Croke Park and Donegal in Ballybofey.In an official statement, Dublin manager Jim Gavin wished Brady well with his recovery. “On a personal level this is very frustrating for Tómas who played a key role during the National Football League campaign and, having returned from a recent knock, was back again competing to a very high standard.“Protocol’s have been activated to ensure that he will receive the best of medical care and the Dublin Football coaching staff will actively assist Tómas in his recovery over the weeks ahead.“We wish Tómas a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back to full health in the near future”. Dublin ease to victory over Westmeath to reach Leinster semisDublin’s Jim Gavin believes championship season ‘is too long’last_img read more

Obama surfs the net from Chinese café

first_imgPRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA appears to be a regular customer of a Chinese Internet café, reports said, after the manager forged an identity card in the US leader’s name to help surfers avoid China’s web rules.The card has a full-face picture of Obama, lists his correct birthday and gives his address as “White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC”, while stating his ethnicity as “Kenyan”, pictures showed.As part of their efforts to control the web, China’s Communist rulers require Internet cafés to register users’ identity numbers before letting them go online.The manager of the shop in Jinan, the capital of the eastern province of Shandong, created the card by printing out Obama’s personal details and sticking them on to the front of a genuine ID lost by its holder in 2010.Doing so allowed him to give customers without documentation – such as teenagers – easy access to the Internet, the official website reported.Police were “spooked” when they saw the card during a routine inspection last week, it added, and the manager, identified only by his surname Guo, was given an unspecified “punishment”.According to Chinese law, using a fake identity card can be punished with a fine of up to 1,000 yuan ($160) or 10 days in police detention.The card was returned to the legitimate holder, the report said – a man named Wang, who lives in Jinan rather than the US.- © AFP, 2012Read: A Chinese teenager etched his name onto an ancient Egyptian relic>last_img read more

EA turns hypocrite discounts games on Origin up to 875 percent

first_imgDavid DeMartini is the head of EA’s digital games service Origin. So when he makes statements about Origin, you have to take what he says as fact. A couple of weeks ago DeMartini gave an interview where he tried to differentiate Origin from rival services such as Steam.The biggest takeaway from the interview was DeMartini’s insistence that Origin would never run so-called “going-out-of-business sales” like Steam does. By that he meant a sale where a bunch of games are discounted by 75% or more. He said discounts would be offered on games, but they would only ever be small so as not to cheapen the IP and do a disservice to developers.Today, on Origin in the UK, Dragon Age: Origins is being offered with an 87.5% discount as part of a wider £5 (US$8) sale. Other games included in the offer are Spore, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Darksiders all at 75% off. The remaining games in the offer hover around the 50% off price range.If nothing else EA has some explaining to do. If the head of your Origin service says something isn’t going to happen, then 2 weeks later it does, there’s either a mistake been made or policy changes happen very quickly within that organization.Saying that, some of those games are now being offered at a great price, with Dragon Age: Origins clearly being the best value for money. If you fancy picking up any of those titles I’d do so before EA changes its mind or withdraws the offer to stop DeMartini looking like a hypocrite.More at Dragon Age: Origins UK Origin listing, via Rock, Paper Shotgunlast_img read more

Alzheimer un test de diagnostic pourrait détecter la maladie bien avant son

first_imgAlzheimer : un test de diagnostic pourrait détecter la maladie bien avant son apparitionUn nouveau test permettant de diagnostiquer précocement la maladie d’Alzheimer a remporté le prix de l’innovation en santé du festival South by South West (SXSW), au Texas.Alors que le nombre de personnes atteintes de la maladie d’Alzheimer pourrait augmenter au cours des 20 prochaines années, le dépistage précoce de cette pathologie devient cruciale. C’est pourquoi les chercheurs multiplient les travaux dans le but de développer de nouveaux tests. L’un d’eux vient ainsi de remporter le prix de l’innovation en santé du festival South by South West, à Austin, au Texas. Baptisé Neurotrack, le tout nouveau test permettrait de diagnostiquer la maladie d’Alzheimer bien avant son apparition. “Neurotrack permet de déceler Alzheimer via un test informatisé du mouvement des yeux six ans avant l’apparition des symptômes”, affirme ainsi Elli Kaplan, directrice générale de l’entreprise. Citée par l’AFP, elle poursuit : “aujourd’hui, on repère Alzheimer seulement une fois que tous les symptômes se sont manifestés. Mais il y a alors déjà eu des dégâts irréparables depuis des années”. Or, la technologie développée par sa société obtient 100% de réussite au dépistage. Pour cela, deux versions existent : l’une fonctionnant avec une caméra infrarouge et l’autre avec une simple souris d’ordinateur. Concrètement, le sujet compare deux images qui apparaissent brièvement sur un écran, certaines nouvelles et d’autres connues. “En étudiant la manière dont ces personnes font bouger leurs yeux, et comment ils regardent les nouvelles images par rapport à des images familières, nous pouvons détecter des perturbations existant dans le fonctionnement de l’hippocampe”, la partie du cerveau qui joue un rôle central dans la mémoire, explique Mme Kaplan.Un test annuel pour traiter au plus tôt la maladie À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon elle, “tous les êtres humains ont une préférence instinctive pour la nouveauté, et c’est un des éléments que nous testons” et qui pourrait permettre de prédire le développement de la maladie d’Alzheimer. En 20 ans, le projet a permis de contrôler sur une période suffisamment longue pour observer l’évolution des participants, certains ayant développé la maladie. Avec de tels résultats, le test devrait être disponible prochainement pour les laboratoires pharmaceutiques puis pour les médecins et les hôpitaux. A terme, Mme Kaplan espère même le développer dans des applications pour téléphones et tablettes.”Notre espoir est que d’ici dix ans existe un traitement qu’on puisse prendre [pour lutter contre la maladie]. On aurait juste à faire un test annuel et si on apprenait qu’on risquait de développer un Alzheimer, on pourrait faire quelque chose pour l’éviter”, conclut-elle.Le 15 mars 2013 à 15:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ed Nordholm releases texts emails and contract terms for Matt Hardy

first_img Twitter May 24, 2017 at 3:24 pm Google+ Matt Hardy Confirms He Has Not Retired From WWE I too think they’ll get singles pushes and Jeff was one of their biggest merchandise sellers when he originally left and Matt was hugely over with the fans. I saw just how popular they are this year at the Wrestlecon during WM weekend when their signings drew bigger audiences than Flair, Sting, Hall, HBK and Lita (her line was quite long) combined. I think I still have pics but the Hardy’s line was insane and didn’t stop all day. The point is I think they would actually do better with singles runs than they will with the team right now if they can’t use the Broken stuff. It wasn’t the best ever but was possibly the most over gimmick of the last couple of years and they did it with Impact’s small audience. I was also shocked at how big the Delete chants were at Mania before the Hardy’s even appeared. All in all, WWE and the Hardy’s don’t need the broken stuff (altho I think it would help in their current presentation) but I just think it looks petty for Anthem to be still going on about it (i.e. engaging with the Hardy’s over it) as it makes them seem like they (Anthem) think they are bigger than they currently are, petty and wanting to mess with the livelihood of talents after the previous version not paying talents, etc. even if it turns out they do own the rights. It seems to me the only one losing in these exchanges is Anthem. Now Playing Up Next Long story short: TNA tried a literal sales pitch on WWE re: #BROKEN gimmick (which isn’t legally theirs) & they said “LOLZ yeah no, thanks”— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) May 23, 2017 Anthem mad because WWE didn’t fall for their offensive money grab. That type of “business” is right on par with @RealJeffJarrett gold scam— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) May 24, 2017 Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Because it’s ALLLLLL coming out in court, honey. From the attorneys we hired back in MARCH. Where are those “logs” ? — Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) May 24, 2017 Reby needs to stop flapping her trap off on twitter. TNA lawyers will love this. Keep calm and carry on. She is probably right but a dignified silence would speak volumes. But hey, that’s cool. Something else we’ll add to the list of offenses. Thanks ! — Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) May 24, 2017 Pinterest Jb Mcmanus Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems May 24, 2017 at 5:36 pm Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 I think they’ll both get single pushes when their Tag run is over. Maybe Matt for a mid card Tittle and Jeff in the World? Impact Wrestling President Ed Nordholm (Anthem Sports and Entertainment) took it upon himself to release a series of text message exchanges between himself and Matt Hardy dating back to March when a dispute first started up between both sides regarding the use of the “Broken” characters outside of the company.Back in February, Matt Hardy publicly confirmed that he would be departing the company along with his brother Jeff Hardy. When both opted to not agree to terms on a new deal, Impact Wrestling officials declined to bring them back in and have them drop the company’s tag team championships at scheduled TV tapings in Orlando.The Hardys would then show up in Ring of Honor not long later, making an appearance at the Manhattan Mayhem VI event in New York City. Both Anthem and Impact Wrestling would then attempt to prevent them from using the “Broken” characters during an ROH PPV and even going as far as to contact the satellite distribution companies.While The Hardys would make a surprise return to WWE at WrestleMania 33 back in April, an ongoing dispute with Anthem and Impact would play out online over the next few months with both Matt and Reby Hardy claiming they owned all trademarks regarding the “Broken” characters. Reby ended up being the most outspoken against Impact.On Monday, John Pollack conducted an interview with Nordholm who stated Impact had all “ownership rights to the characters” created within the confines of the company adding, “ownership of the characters in the storyline resides in Impact Wrestling and I don’t even think the Hardys would dispute that directly.”Following this appearance, Nordholm released the following statement to the wrestling media on Tuesday that included text message exchanges with Matt Hardy and email correspondence with WWE. Nordholm had noted in the interview on Monday that WWE had showed no interested in the “Broken” characters, something the emails confirm.The following statement is courtesy of The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online.“In response to on-going speculation concerning our position with respect to the “Broken Brilliance” creative, I am providing this detailed log of our communications on the subject and the contractual structure of our relationship with Matt Hardy with respect to intellectual property matters (which is standard to our roster and in the industry).There has never been any argument from Impact Wrestling that the Hardy’s were key contributors to the development of the characters and story line, or that Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy executed on their roles in spectacular fashion. But the position taken by the Hardys is a massive disservice to the contributions of the rest of the creative team at Impact Wrestling, including Jeremy Borash, Dave Lagano, Matt Conway and Billy Corgan, and is totally at odds with the terms of their contracts.The Hardys would have you believe that Anthem is somehow avoiding their lawyers to address this. This is the log of our communications with the Hardys and/or their lawyers. It is clear that we have not been avoiding them.March 10 – EBN speaks with executives at ROH about “Broken Brilliance” being used in ROH shows. I indicated willingness to provide an arrangement that would allow the creative to be used in ROH shows and encouraged ROH to have Matt speak with me if he wanted to pursue that discussionMarch 11 – EBN spoke at length with Matt by telephone about the structure of an amicable arrangement for use of the Broken Brilliance creativeMarch 14 – Matt sent text message to Ed Nordholm at 4:05pm: “Tried giving you a call, it rang & went busy. I’m open to working things out amicably as we spoke about. The lawyer who represent me is interested in seeing your offer. My lawyer’s email is {redacted} which you could send the offer to for review. Thanks.”And I responded by text at 6:41 pm: “Thank you Matt. I was supposed to be [flying] into NYC today and am a little twisted. I will pull something together with [our] lawyers and try to get it over to your lawyer tomorrow or Thursday at latest“March 16 – At 8:25 pm I sent an update text to Matt: “Hi Matt. My lawyer got me a draft too late to get reviewed for today. I will look at it in the morning. Sorry for the delay”And he responded at 9:16 pm: “Ok, he’s ready for it. Thanks for the update.”March 17 – counsel for Anthem Wrestling delivered draft proposal to counsel for Matt HardyMarch 24 – counsel for Anthem Wresting followed up with Matt Hardy counsel requesting comments on the proposalMarch 27 – counsel for Matt Hardy responds that they have been away and have not reviewed the proposal but will be back “in the next few days”After which no further communication untilApril 18 – counsel for Matt Hardy leaves a voice mail message for counsel for Anthem Wrestling asking to arrange a meetingApril 20 – EBN contacts WWE by email to determine veracity of internet rumours concerning WWE interest in Broken BrillianceApril 21 — WWE respond by email that there “is no interest on our end” {redacted email exchange attached}April 21 – counsel for Matt Hardy sends a follow up message requesting a meetingApril 27 – lawyers speak to arrange a meetingMay 16 – lawyers meet but no agreement reachedFinally, I am attaching a copy of the relevant provisions of Matt’s contract with Impact. The clause is virtually identical to the corresponding provisions of every wrestler under contract with Impact.The facts are that we tried to accommodate the Hardys for their Ring of Honour engagements, and have tried to elicit an indication from WWE whether they have an interest in using the Broken Brilliance creative in WWE. We are not hoarding it from WWE; WWE is not interested in it.We fully respect the decision of Matt and Jeff to return to WWE and appreciate all of their contributions to Impact Wrestling. We wish them every success.Our focus is on the future and we will not have any further public comment on this matter.”As you could expect, neither Matt or Reby Hardy were thrilled about this.I tell the truth & I don’t need to desperately overcompensate to prove my public credibility. My facts will be shared via the correct venue.— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) May 24, 2017 Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It BeefyB I guess they just aren’t a favorite of mine. They sell merchandise with or without the titles, and I don’t see why they need to put them on a couple of 40+ y/o guys. I always thought Matt was a lot better than Jeff, but that being said, Matt Hardy headlining a Wrestlemania wouldn’t really interest me. Videos Articles 7 COMMENTS Johnm Ed, it is called being played like a fiddle. Matt has been doing this for 12 damn years. Facebook May 24, 2017 at 12:09 pm Comments are closed. May 24, 2017 at 2:02 pm Al79 For God sakes it’s not like this was the best gimmick ever created. This seems like a lot of fuss over something that will never be used by WWE. I can’t see Matt or Jeff being elevated more than the tag titles (which they won at their debut). 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And you might want to try spamming dirtsheets with the ACTUAL final version of that contract if you’re going to break confidentiality — Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) May 24, 2017 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Should we release the phonecalls ? I kinda wanna release the phonecalls now… since we playin petty, apparently.— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 at 3:05 pm Matt Hardy May 24, 2017 at 11:14 am May 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm What’s bad is the TNA/anthem/ed look bad but no way near as bad as reby god damn that women has made herself look like s*** Now Playing Up Next Thomas Smith Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) Now Playing Up Next Colby Al79 I just think it’s cute that TNA feels the need to “prove” themselves to randoms on the internet. Know why we don’t bother ?— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) May 24, 2017 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionslast_img read more

Hyundai developed airbags that can handle multiple collisions

first_imgEnlarge ImageGiven how long airbags have been around, it’s a little surprising it took someone until 2019 to figure out a multiple-collision solution. Hyundai According to Hyundai, three out of every 10 collisions involve secondary collisions with other objects. So Hyundai developed an airbag system that hopes to protect you beyond the first hit.Hyundai announced on Monday that it has developed and intends to commercialize a multi-collision airbag system, which the automaker claims is the first of its kind. In essence, it acts like a normal airbag, inflating to prevent injuries during a collision, but it’s unique in the sense that some airbags will deploy upon a second collision, as well.The tech depends on detecting movement of the occupants during and following the first collision. It can change the deployment strength of different airbags based on a person’s position, attempting to mitigate any potential injuries incurred in secondary crashes. “By improving airbag performance in multi-collision scenarios, we expect to significantly improve the safety of our drivers and passengers,” said Taesoo Chi, head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Chassis Technology Center, in a statement. “We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries.”According to Hyundai’s research, cars crossing the center line create the greatest opportunity for multi-stage collisions, followed by sudden stops at toll gates and sideswiping. The automaker didn’t say when this tech would reach production, only that it would eventually end up in both Hyundai and Kia vehicles, since the tech is too potentially important to relegate to a single half of Hyundai Motor Group. 2020 Hyundai Palisade SUV is big in Korea, and everywhere else 72 Photos Hyundai Kia Hyundai Tags Preview • 2020 Hyundai Palisade: Croc eyes, family-friendly SUV heart Comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshowcenter_img 1 Share your voice Review • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous News • 2020 Hyundai Palisade, Widebody Chargers and more: Roadshow’s week in review Auto Tech Future Cars 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More about 2020 Hyundai Palisadelast_img read more

IQIYI CEO Gong Yu Says Artificial Intelligence Will Reshape Showbiz

first_img Popular on Variety He said that the traditional entertainment and online entertainment businesses would continue to merge in the future. He cited as an example the fact that more than 80% of tickets for movie theaters in China are now bought online.He said that the oligopoly in China’s online video market – where three players control around 80% of the market – would likely continue. It was unlikely to fragment, he said, due to the high cost of entry. But it would not consolidate further either “because producers and advertisers won’t favor a market that only has one dominant player.”He said that the entertainment business in China is set to grow from $154 billion in 2016 to an estimated $403 billion in 2022, and that the share taken by online video would grow from 15% to 25%, according to iResearch forecasts.He asserted that iQIYI was “well-positioned to capture the huge entertainment market” in China. This was due, he said, to its leading position in the market; its “advanced business model” that allowed it to “capture market opportunities”; an in-depth understanding of Chinese entertainment; its “top-notch original production capability”; and “disciplined and efficient investment in content.”He said that one of the company’s strengths was its “diversified monetization model,” which he referred to as “Netflix plus.” As well as subscription and advertising, the revenue sources include publishing, content distribution, IP licensing, online gaming, e-commerce, and talent agencies. Gong Yu, founder and CEO of China’s leading streaming platform iQIYI, said at Mipcom content market on Tuesday that artificial intelligence “will reshape the entertainment industry over the next 10-15 years, much more so than the internet did over the past three decades.” There was a shift underway from the “internet era” to the “A.I. era,” he asserted. In the former, users browse and search for content from the company’s library of content; in the latter, creators and platforms provide “tailor-made content” and “intelligent recommendations” to the users. Among the uses of A.I. technology in entertainment would be “Intelligent Creation,” such as the deployment of A.I. in casting, script evaluation, and traffic and box-office predictions. But it would also be utilized in other areas, such as customer service, monetization, distribution, and content production, such as keyword and thumbnail generation.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Get Ready For Sonys PlayStation Cinematic Universe

first_img After numerous false starts, director changes, and recasting, the Uncharted movie finally seems on track to become a real thing. And we’re not talking about Nathan Fillion’s fan film. Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is set to direct young Spider-Man himself Tom Holland in a movie based on the hit PlayStation franchise that’s pretty much already a movie anyway.But now we’ve learned that Uncharted, along with that animated Ratchet and Clank movie from a few years ago, may just be the beginning of a vast PlayStation Cinematic Universe set to compete with Pokemon: Detective Pikachu and… Sonic the Hedgehog. Sony has set up a new division dedicated to turning its video game franchises into movies.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new team will be run by Sony execs Asad Qizilbash and Shawn Layden. That last name will look familiar if you’ve watched any Sony E3 shows. The label will work to adapt hit PlayStation brands for the big screen like God of War and The Last of Us. The story even mentions non-Sony franchises with movies in the works like Tomb Raider and Metal Gear Solid, some real PlayStation All-Stars.We’re also only somewhat joking when we say “cinematic universe.” To educate themselves, Qizilbash and Layden talked to Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige himself. So while don’t expect, say, Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal to appear in the first Jak and Daxter movie, they may all unite down the line to take down the threat of Polygon Man.For more on PlayStation watch the new documentary on the making of God of War and read our review of the newest PlayStation 4 exclusive Days Gone. Stay on target PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Project Scarlett: Everything We KnowPS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&… last_img read more

2018 resolutionsPollution fitness top priority

first_imgTechnical Consultant at MNC (Vidit Das)2017 was a hectic year for me since I shifted from Delhi to Pune for a new job. But this year, I would like to see myself in a good financial condition. I am also planning to make good and healthy lifestyle changes.Apart from that, I hope that the air quality of Delhi improves this year. I came back to the Capital to see my family after a hiatus of four months and the air was suffocating. Hence, in 2018, I would like to see taxpayers money being used for giving back clean environment, food, good living facilities, and clean rivers. These should be the primary goals of the government instead of using the money for their campaigns and funds. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Graduate from GGSIPU, Delhi (Kalpana Lohumi)As far as my personal resolutions are concerned, this year, I want to learn guitar, get into poetry, and get physically fit. I have already wasted a lot of time on useless stuff and now I want to focus on my career.But I would very much like a safer environment for women in the Capital. I have been living in a PG in Delhi for three years now, and after reading and listening to all the crimes against women, I feel that it’s high time for the government to make strict laws against teasing and rape cases. The government needs to work on a smaller level first; farmers are the backbone of our country and they need utmost support by the government. Once the farmer’s issues are sorted out, other sectors will also improve drastically. And since, I have just graduated, I hope we, the youth, get good job opportunities in the upcoming years. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive IAS aspirant (Swati Dubey)India has undergone many changes since the Modi government came into existence but still, there are some things that in my opinion shouldn’t have happened and only we are to be blamed for them.Pollution has been on our minds and in our lungs, this year and simply criticising the government is not going to solve this problem. I feel, that we are also responsible for this rampant problem in the Capital and we need to do something about it first, not the government. So, if we want a safer environment, we should come forward and work for it before our city just becomes a masquerade of people with masks. Apart from that, I hope our country becomes less regressive in 2018 and the coming years and we don’t get to see another Padmavati nuisance. On a personal front, this year, I would be focusing more on my health. I plan on joining yoga classes this year and I hope this year turns the tables for me and I get through the government service exams I have been trying for. IT professional (Vijaya Gowrisankar)There were a lot of job cuts in our profession in 2018. In some cases, it is the issue of automation replacing human endeavour, which leads to retrenchment. I feel that we should not shy away from this situation and learn new skills instead, where we may find other employment options.Also, there is a lot of negativity in our generation which we must transcend in 2018. Impatience, pulling someone down, harassing others on social media has become all too common. We don’t realize that this is quicksand and we can only sink into the quagmire.Personally, I would like to be a better person through constant introspection and constant learning. This will enhance me personally and professionally. Senior Citizen (Bandana Guha)I hope that crime against women and children abate in 2018. There were many gruesome incidents in 2017 and I hope they don’t repeat themselves next year. I am a member of a women’s organization and I plan to mobilise them to work in this field. Also, strict punishment must be initiated against those who are guilty of such heinous crimes. Personally, I suffered from a bout of illness in 2017 for which I was hospitalised for quite some time. Presently, I’m taking treatment for my ailment and I am definitely looking forward to a fitter 2018.So, I’m fervently hoping for a fitter 2018. Associate Professor/Serampore Girl’s College, Hooghly (Sayanti Talukdar)People say resolutions are meant to be broken and yet that’s what keeps us motivated throughout the year. Personally speaking, I am not the kind to make resolutions mostly for the reason that I may not be able to live up to them. On a personal note, the only promise I make to myself as the year is coming to an end is that there be light and only light in my mind and soul to see only the positivity around me and may I be a little more patient with myself as well as others who matter to me.To speak on a larger scale, socially, I wish to see my state in a better shape, with ample job opportunities, true education imparted to children, a safe and secured India where women can move around feeling protected. In short, there must be eradication of darkness in the true sense, the year 2018 ushering in love, joy, peace and prosperity. Corporate Manager, MNC (Jayanta Saha)My resolution for 2018 is to achieve better fitness and reduce weight which did not happen in 2017. And since it is very difficult for me to say no to things, I want to be able to say the word personally and professionally.Socially, I’d like to see my state (Kolkata) remain free from communal tension and also that teacher-student relationship be normal. A child should not be afraid of going to school.last_img read more