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Second HC judge recuses from Virbhadra assets case

first_imgA second Delhi High Court judge on Wednesday recused from the disproportionate assets case against former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife, expressing displeasure at the couple’s lawyer.Justice Najmi Waziri was irked at Mr. Singh’s counsel who insisted on putting the case for hearing later in the day as senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who was to argue for the former Chief Minister, was busy in another court.As Mr. Singh’s counsel persisted, Justice Waziri said there was no urgency in the matter as personal liberty of the couple had not been affected and that it can be heard on another date.‘Don’t throw names’“Do not throw names at me. Why should I hear it today? What is so special about it? It is not a matter about personal liberty… Counsel should know what to say and what not to say. I will not hear the matter. List before another Bench,” Justice Waziri said.New BenchThe judge listed the case before another Bench on February 6. The Congress veteran and his wife Pratibha Singh have challenged a trial court order to frame charges against them in the case.The case came up before Justice Waziri on Wednesday for the first time after Justice Mukta Gupta had recused from hearing the matter on January 24 without specifying any reason.last_img read more

Djokovic,Serena walk away with top honours at Sports awards

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Berlin, Apr 18 (PTI) Novak Djokovic pipped the likes of Usain Bolt and Lionel Messi to win the Sportsman of the Year trophy for a third time, while Serena Williams clinched the top honour in the womens category at the Laureus World Awards here today.Djokovic, who won this award in 2012 and 15, walked away with it for a second successive time after clinching three Grand Slams ? Australian, Wimbledon and US Open ? last year. He was also the finalist in the French Open.”I am very proud of it. It wouldnt have been possible without the great team that I have. I am grateful to the love and passion of tennis that brought me here. Sports has inspired me in so many different ways. I dedicate this award to two people who have inspired. I want to thank them for their legacy, My Nicki Lauda and Mr Johan Cryuff,” Djokovic said after being presented the trophy by current F1 leader Nico Rosberg.Messi, who had been nominated for a fifth time, once again lost out on the top award.”Its probably a glitch we need to correct. Somebody like Messi ought to win this award. Maybe football being a team sport comes in the way,” Laureus academy member Steve Waugh said before the ceremony. Williams was the overwhelming favourite after securing a record 10th nomination and thanks to her three Grand Slams last season, the American notched up her third Sportswoman of the Year Laureus trophy.In the other categories, American golf star Jordan Spieth, who was also nominated in the Sportsman of the Year category, won the Breakthrough of the Year award. The 21-year-old Spieth is the reigning world No.1, who has already won the Masters and the US Open.advertisementThe world champion New Zealand rugby team notched up the Team of the Year honour, while the star of their triump, Dan Carter, was picked for Comeback of the Year for bouncing back remarkably following an injury breakdown in 2011.Three-time Formula One world champion Nicki Lauda was presented the Laureus Lifetime Achievement award.”I dedicate this award to all the losers. Because it is after losing that I learnt the most,” the 67-year-old Austrian said after being presented the trophy by reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton.The Laureus Academy also paid tribute to the late Johan Cryuff, who passed away last month after battling cancer. Cryuff was chosen for the Laureus Spirit of Sport award which was presented to his son Jordi by World Cup winning former Spanish defender Carlos Puyol.The winners in the 2016 Laureus World Sports AwardsLaureus World Sportsman of the Year Award: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, Tennis). Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award: Serena Williams (US, Tennis). Laureus World Team of the Year Award: All Blacks (New Zealand, Rugby). Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award: Jordan Spieth (US, Golf). Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award: Dan Carter (New Zealand, Rugby). Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias (Brazil, swimming). Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Jan Frodeno (Germany, Ironman Triathlon). PTI PM UZMlast_img read more

Sunrisers Hyderabad ready for Virat Kohli challenge: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgThis Sunday, it will be a tussle between a star-studded batting line-up and an equally powerful bowling attack in the final of the Indian Premier League 2016. Virat Kohli and his Royal Challengers Bangalore will play the summit clash at M Chinnaswamy Stadium against Sunrisers Hyderabad where there has been little respite for bowlers. (Full Coverage) Purple Cap holder Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels it would be a tough task for his team to counter the marauding RCB in Bengaluru. (Also Read: David Warner targets Virat Kohli in IPL final to defuse RCB’s batting)Hyderabad edged out Gujarat Lions by four wickets here last night in Qualifier 2 to set up a final clash with Bangalore, who had beaten the same opponents in Qualifier 1.’BIG TASK TO GET THEM OUT’ “We will definitely strategise because I read somewhere the other day that Virat Kohli has scored 35 per cent of RCB’s runs. (Watch: AB de Villiers, guitar in hand, sweeps his wife off her feet) “It’ll be a big task for us to get (Chris) Gayle, Virat (Kohli) and AB (De Villers) and later, (Shane) Watson, out. We are hoping for a good contest,” Bhuvneshwar said.”We’ll enjoy for now because we know there’s a pressure match coming up,” he said.’LOSING FIZZ WASN’T GOOD FOR US’Bhuvneshwar also said losing Mustafizur Rahman in the Qualifier 2 was not an ideal situation for them but backed Kiwi paceman Trent Boult, who replaced the Bangladesh pacer.”Mustafizur did really well but losing him in a crucial game wasn’t good for us but Boult did very well. It’s a part of the game that he went for a few runs in the second last over. But if you look at him, he has really worked hard in the nets. He knew that there might be a chance for him to play either the semifinals or finals but you can’t say he has given runs; it’s a part of the game. Losing Fizz wasn’t good for us,” he said.advertisement’WANTED TO CHASE AGAINST GUJARAT’Warner had earlier said that he would like his batsmen to put up big totals for the bowlers to defend but Hyderabad decided to bowl on Friday.Asked about the decision, Bhuvneshwar said keeping the opponent’s strength in mind, it was the best decision to take.”We had decided in the meeting to bowl first. If you look at their (Gujarat’s) batting line-up, they have good batsmen like (Aaron) Finch, (Suresh) Raina, (Brendon) McCullum and (Dwayne) Smith. They are good chasers. So we wanted to make them bat first so that we could get them out early and chase down the target,” he explained.last_img read more

NCAA: EAC routs Arellano to pick up 4th win

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Renz Gonzales and Adrian De Guzman combined for 25 points and were the unlikely heroes for the Generals, who tore the Chiefs apart in the third with a huge run that sealed their fourth victory in 17 games.Kent Salado paced the Chiefs with 14 points and Justin Arana contributed 13 as this year’s host school dropped to a 4-12 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe Chiefs will tackle the San Sebastian Stags Tuesday next week before wrapping their season against the JRU Heavy Bombers two days later.EAC 77–Gonzales 13, De Guzman 12, Mendoza 11, Maguliano 8, Gurtiza 8, Taywan 7, Martin 6, Carlos 4, Boffa 2, Corilla 2, Dayrit 2, Luciano 2, Cadua 0, Estacio 0. MANILA, Philippines–Emilio Aguinaldo College caught Arellano napping in the final half to register a lopsided 77-50 win on Friday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Arellano 50–Salado 14, Arana 13, Espiritu 7, Sablan 5, Bayla 4, Oliva 4, Gayosa 3, Alcoriza 0, Concepcion 0, De Guzman 0, Sacramento 0, Segura 0, Sunga 0, Talampas 0.Quarterscores: 16-15. 36-27, 63-40, 77-50 Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Car show raises almost P1M in scholarships for 20 students PLAY LIST 02:10Car show raises almost P1M in scholarships for 20 students01:15PBA Press Corps awards night03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Jason Brickman thrilled to be finally playing for a Philippine team in ABL View commentslast_img read more

Several housing projects along Yamuna Expressway stalled. Is your builder out of the loop?

first_imgIn a move that may affect thousands of home-buyers and further deepen the crisis in real-estate industry, the Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority (YEIDA) has cancelled building maps of 12 group housing projects owned by Jaypee Infratech, Gaursons, Orris Group, VGA Developers and Ajnara Group.The plans were cancelled after it came to light that the five builders had not cleared some objections raised by the Authority regarding the building plans between 2014 and 2016.Out of twelve, seven belongs to Jaypee Infratech, two are of Gaursons and one each is owned by Ajnara, Orris Group, VGA Developers. The projects are located in sector 19, 25 and 22B located along Yamuna Expressway. According to YEIDA officials, the Jaypee group was given land in lieu of the Yamuna Expressway project between Greater Noida and Agra, in keeping with a concessionaire agreement.Other builders have been allotted land for group housing projects in different areas of YEIDA. Arun Vir Singh, CEO, YEIDA said, “We have cancelled building maps of the 12 housing projects because they did not get them approved within specific time period. The builders have even sold out flats to home-buyers without getting requisite approvals,” said Singh. He said the builder was to construct residential units as well as commercial pockets in other areas. Though we approved the layout plan of 11 projects, our planning department raised some objections in the building plan of the other projects.WHAT IS HAPPENING”These objections were to be addressed by the builder and plans should have been re-submitted for approval. This was not done,” Singh explained. He added same is the problem with projects located in sectors 19, 25, 22A and 22D and that no construction has been carried out. A Gaursons project is spread across 87,756 sqm in sector 19 and another is over 215 sqm in sector 19. Yamuna City mega township was proposed on 250 acres along Yamuna E-way.advertisementVGA developer has 20,071 sqm in sector 25, Orris Group has 8,19,105 square meters land in sector 22D and Ajnara has 85,391 sqm in sector 22A.”The developers had submitted their maps in 2015-16 and the authority raised objections in those maps. The developers are yet to clear the objections. I have issued notices to each developer asking them to submit details of flats sold and money that has been collected from the investors. said Singh. A senior official of Gaursons said their maps were sanctioned on July 27, 2016 and that they have planned construction only after that. He confirmed that the group will get objections resolved soon. The Yamuna authority had on September 15, 2016 raised objections to the maps. These objections could not allegedly be resolved because of holidays in the authority office. Jaypee Group, Ajnara Group, Orris Group and VGA Developers were unavailable for comments despite repeated attempts. Last week YEIDA had cancelled building plans of five other projects of the Jaypee group in Sports City East.Also read: Punjab: Parents up the ante against arbitrary fee hike by schools Also read: To win 2019 election, Modi government can fight war with Pakistan, says Digvijaya Singh Also read: Narendra Modi’s youngest fan: How PM broke security protocol to grant this 4-year-old her wishlast_img read more



Are Arsenal genuine contenders for the Premier League title?

first_imgSportblog Unai Emery has made me believe in myself again, says Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi Reuse this content The reasons for Arsenal’s improvement lie in greater organisation, harder running and midfielders who actually bother to put a tackle in. Complaints aimed at Arsène Wenger during the latter years of his tenure have been addressed; in Unai Emery, Arsenal appointed the technocrat that Wenger had long ceased to be. The Basque has created a foundation for Mesut Özil to weave his magic, and Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score goals. When fans sing of having their Arsenal “back” it is the beautiful football of Wenger’s peak era they are harking back to, and not yet the strident winning machine the team was at the start of this century. Arsenal’s weaknesses still lie in a defence that was sorely tested by Leicester in Monday’s first half. Emery lacks the quality of defenders that Liverpool and Manchester City boast. Champions League qualification would seem the limit of ambition for now. John Brewin The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Let’s ignore the caveats for a moment (the defence, Manchester City) and accentuate the positives. When Arsenal attack, as they did in the second-half against Leicester, they reveal themselves to have the firepower of champions. In Lacazette and Aubameyang, they have two expert finishers (and to be cheeky for a moment, with Gabriel Jesus stalling in his development, do City?). In Henrikh Mikhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey and Özil they have creativity to match their rivals, too. Of course there’s a difference between having the talent and making best use of it, as Arsenal know all too well from recent years. But that’s the most striking aspect of the improvement so far under Emery – individual performance levels are rising. Keep it going and momentum might take on a life of its own. Arsenal’s next five fixtures are Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Wolves, Bournemouth and Tottenham. Paul MacInnesLiverpool visit will provide a litmus testArsenal are certainly on an impressive run of form: 10 wins on the bounce, with 18 scored and three conceded in the last seven. There might be green shoots under Emery but this has been a relatively easy run of fixtures – just two of those wins came against teams in the top half of the Premier League. Against Watford and Leicester in particular Arsenal were defensively frail – they have conceded more shots on their goal this season (125) than Manchester City (55), Liverpool (78) or Chelsea (82). A sense of perspective remains key: Arsenal’s record against the so-called Big Six remains dreadful, with just one win in the past 12 matches. If Arsenal are to make the leap from last season’s sixth place to genuine title contenders, they must beat (or at least avoid defeat to) their title rivals. Liverpool’s visit on 3 November should be a good litmus test of how far this team has come under Emery, and how far they still have to go. Michael Butler Facebook Share on Pinterest Momentum could take on a life of its own Mesut Özil orchestrates Arsenal comeback to deny Leicester City Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Much improved but still too flawed to go all the wayThe football is thrilling, the spirit is invigorated, the crowd is united, but it still feels unlikely that, come the end of the season, any of Arsenal’s five captains will be lifting the Premier League trophy. These are heady days in the Unai Emery-era, with the second-half display against Leicester as good as it’s got so far under the 46-year-old, but there is a distinctly Liverpool 2013-14 feel about this Arsenal side in that it can score for fun, contains an enigmatic, attacking genius but remains notably flawed. Arsenal’s defence is not only paper-thin in terms of resources but also incredibly fragile, as seen during the first half against Leicester. Also, Emery’s men continue to start games poorly and against better teams that will surely cost them. All of which should not dampen the upbeat mood surrounding Arsenal – they appear reborn and, in Lucas Torreira, may have found the gnarly, canny midfielder lacking for so long under Wenger. A top-four finish looks increasingly possible. But the title? Not yet. Sachin Nakranicenter_img Share on Facebook Share via Email Twitter Unai Emery encourages Matteo Guendouzi in typically animated form at the Emirates Stadium on Monday. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images features Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Read more Pinterest Defensive weaknesses remain a huge issue Arsenallast_img read more

Fulfill Your Road Trip Fantasies with Pacific Overlander’s Fully-Outfitted Vehicle Rentals

first_imgPlanning a road trip? You might find some of these other guides useful. Here’s everything you might need to plot a cross-country journey, a family vacation, or a solo trek.Unplug. The brevity of the word belies the intensely complicated nature of actually doing it. You know you need to unplug — now more than ever — but thinking through the details of how (and how much) to temporarily extricate yourself from modern life is just one more thing on an already overloaded list of things to do. Which is why we all talk about leaving it all behind, but none of us actually do it.Breathe easy. Road trip outfitter Pacific Overlander is here to help.Consider this San Francisco-based expedition company your escape enabler. For the price of an economy airline ticket, Pacific Overlander tosses you the keys to an overland vehicle packed with top-of-the-line camping gear, outdoor living essentials, and navigation tools. Whether you select the truck-camper or the 4×4, you’ll be riding in style with a vehicle-rooftop tent, 65-liter fridge or Yeti cooler, lanterns and water storage, as well as camp furniture, dining supplies, and linens. (They even include a pour-over cone, bless their hearts.)You can go wherever your heart guides you on a Pacific Overlander voyage. All rentals include 150 miles per day, but you can easily arrange for additional miles. It’s a good idea to let them know where you’re headed, so they can throw in snow chains or other necessary equipment to keep your trip pleasant and safe. While the company doesn’t provide food or make campsite reservations, they are more than happy to offer advice, directions, and insider secrets as you plan your itinerary.Most Pacific Overlander adventures are scheduled with a designated return date. But, if your soul journey demands that you keep moving, Pacific Overlander can accommodate select one-way itineraries.If you’re the type that feels guilty about getting away from it all, you can scratch “use of resources” off your list of reasons not to go. Pacific Overlander passes on a portion of their annual revenues to conservation efforts and environmental protection through partnerships with The Conservation Alliance and 1% For the Planet.Ready to go? We thought you might be. Here are just a few of the dope adventures that Pacific Overlander offers:Big Sur and the South Coast: Something about the twisted pines and rugged shoreline of California’s central coast brings the genius out of people who pass through. Join the ranks of Ansel Adams, Jack Kerouac, and Father John Misty with a trip down the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. Your Overlander vehicle makes easy work of the area’s best attractions — the South Coast Ridge Road, McWay Falls, the Tassajarra monastery — and lets you finish the day with ridgetop camping above the clouds.The Southwest: Soak up the sere beauty of granite canyons, or refresh your senses in the high desert forest. Whatever direction you choose, the Southwest is silly with public lands. Along with stunning natural wonders, this region is rife with backcountry camping options, which Pacific Overlander guides are more than happy to point out for you.Death Valley: Test your mettle in the harsh extremities of this unearthly landscape. (You’ll want the 4×4 for this one.) Contemplatives can lie still for hours, watching the light move over the dunes. Intrepid types can enlist the services of a Pacific Overlander affiliate guide to explore the desert’s depths. At night, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best stargazing you’ll ever experience.That tightness in your chest? It’s the feeling of a wild soul that’s been trapped too long behind a screen. Slide behind the wheel of a Pacific Overlander adventure vehicle, and answer the call of the open road.For rates, itineraries, and other questions, visit Pacific Overlander’s website or contact them directly. If #vanlife is more your thing, check out GoCamp Camper Vans.Images courtesy of Pacific Overlander. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in Americalast_img read more

Island Offshore Sells MPSV ‘Island Pioneer’

first_imgzoom Island Pioneer KS, a subsidiary of Island Offshore Shipholding, LP, (IOSH) has sold the MPSV ‘Island Pioneer’ subsea construction vessel for MNOK 435 (approx. USD 70.4 million) in total proceeds.The transaction has generated MNOK 265 (approx. USD 42.8 million) in liquidity for IOSH, after repayment of loans and minorities in Island Pioneer KS.IOSH has also signed a new fleet loan financing replacing existing loans. The new financing has improved IOSH’s available funding by more than MNOK 300 (approx. USD 48.4 million), further strengthening the company’s liquidity position. The proceeds will be used to partly finance the company’s newbuild investment program and for general corporate purposes.IOSH, January 20, 2014last_img

Governments Form Community Liaison Committee for Tar Ponds Cleanup

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Governments Form Community LiaisonCommittee for Tar Ponds Cleanup The federal and provincial governments will establish a CommunityLiaison Committee to ensure a continuing two-way flow ofinformation during the Sydney tar ponds cleanup. The two governments will also establish a storefront informationoffice at an easily accessible location near the cleanup site.Negotiations for a suitable office are now underway. The Community Liaison Committee will consist of up to 15 citizensof the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), nominated bylocal organizations with significant track records in such areasas business, labour, health, environment, recreation and post-secondary education. David Darrow, CEO of the Provincial Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, saidthe committee fits the needs of CBRM residents who were consultedthis summer. “People cautioned against a complicated process that couldsidetrack cleanup work,” Mr. Darrow said. “They recommended acommunity liaison committee small enough to be effective, yetlarge enough to be representative. “The strongest message we received is: Do the work, do it safelyand do it now.” Garth Bangay, regional director general for Environment Canada,said, “This program allows us to adapt our approach to meet theneeds of the residents and stakeholders.” The two governments based the engagement program on a review ofbest practices in public liaison and on a series of interviewswith local groups and individuals by independent facilitatorBruce Smith. Mr. Smith’s report said residents want government to look ahead,focus on the cleanup, create opportunities for informationexchange, pay special attention to those living close to the siteand ensure there is no gap in the flow of accurate and timelyinformation. The federal and provincial governments will ask for expressionsof interest from organizations interested in recommending members for the committee. The cleanup project will alsoestablish a mechanism for direct consultations with CBRM’s mayorand councillors. “The existence of contaminated industrial properties in Sydney,and the notoriety surrounding them, affect all citizens of CBRM,”the terms of reference for the Community Liaison Committee state.”They have impeded the municipality’s social and economicprogress, stirred bitter controversy, and diverted energy fromother, more forward-looking community pursuits.” The document says everyone wants to see the cleanup carried outsafely and efficiently. “For this to happen, the project needspublic understanding and support, and governments need tounderstand the public’s views, concerns, and ideas about theproject.” Following a community recommendation on cleanup options lastspring, governments are working on three major decisions: whatcleanup method will be used; who will carry out the work and;who will pay for it. Once the cleanup method is determined and funding secured, anenvironmental assessment will begin. The environmental assessmentis legislated by government to ensure that the project willsafeguard the environment and human health. Mr. Bangay said the project is now shifting from consultation andinvestigation to technical planning and implementation. The memorandum of understanding that established the Joint ActionGroup (JAG) expires Thursday. Mr. Bangay and Mr. Darrow praisedthe hard work by JAG volunteers in preparing for the cleanup overthe last seven years. “Under often difficult circumstances, dedicated JAG volunteerswere able to keep the community focused on the required stepsleading up to the launch of the final cleanup,” Mr. Bangay said.last_img read more

Flight makes emergency landing in Abu Dhabi after Indian man dies on

first_imgDubai: A 52-year-old Indian man died on board an Alitalia flight to Milan, Italy, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi. Kailash Chandra Saini was accompanied by his son Heera Lal on the New Delhi to Milan flight when he passed away on Tuesday. “All the formalities in Abu Dhabi have been completed to repatriate the body back to India. We are now working with New Delhi to complete the official procedure,” M Rajamurugan, Counsellor at the Indian embassy in UAE, said. He said the Abu Dhabi authorities have issued a death certificate and the son would shortly fly out on an Etihad flight with his father’s body. Saini, who belonged to Rajasthan, was residing in Italy.last_img

UNICEF launches campaign in Iran to cut one of worlds highest road

10 October 2008With 28,000 people dying in traffic accidents in Iran every year, one of the highest rates worldwide at 20 times the global average, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched an awareness-raising campaign on road safety focusing on youngsters. With 28,000 people dying in traffic accidents in Iran every year, one of the highest rates worldwide at 20 times the global average, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched an awareness-raising campaign on road safety focusing on youngsters. Nearly 2,700 children under the age of 15 died in traffic accidents in 2006, and almost 95,000 others under the age of 20 were injured by traffic accidents.“These figures are frightening, and a response to this dire situation will need a coherent and concerted effort by governmental institutions as well as civil society,” UNICEF Representative Christian Salazar told a news conference held in connection with Iran’s Children’s Day on 8 October. “For this reason, we are particularly pleased that a coalition of Iranian authorities and institutions has joined UNICEF in its awareness-raising initiative,” he said.A call for safer behaviour on Iran’s roads and increased awareness for the security of children in traffic was the main theme for this year’s Children’s Day celebrations and UNICEF stressed that international experience shows that children and youth can play a key role in city planning and safety assessment projects.They can also become empowered to take over the role of spokesperson for excellent traffic behaviour, reminding parents and caregivers to take responsible and concrete steps that help save lives in day-to-day traffic.Basic positive traffic behaviours outlined by UNICEF include reducing speed, a main factor contributing to road traffic injuries, particularly in areas where children are likely to cross roads, such as near kindergartens or schools. The agency also suggested ensuring children always sit on back seats and wear seat belts; using child restraints, such as infant and child seats; and enforcing helmet use for motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles.UNICEF noted that seat belts can reduce the risk of all injuries by 40 to 50 per cent and of fatal injuries by 40 to 60 per cent, child restraints reduce death rates by 71 per cent among infants and by 54 per cent among young children, and motorcycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk and severity of head injury by about 70 per cent. read more

At UN General Debate small island states seek aid for growth climate

“The international community cannot ignore our plight based on a distorted calculus of middle-class status and relative prosperity, or on simplistic, even offensive, stereotypes of Caribbean paradises,” Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines told the 67th Assembly on the fourth day of its annual General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.“Small, highly-indebted middle-income developing countries, like those in the Caribbean, which are very vulnerable to natural disasters and international economic convulsions; have especial concerns which the international community is obliged to address properly in partnership with the people of our region,” he said.In the Caribbean region, the global economic and financial meltdown continues to be felt most acutely by the poor, the youth, the elderly and the vulnerable, who bear no responsibility for the rampant financial speculation, he noted, warning that the externally-imposed meltdown has produced negative or marginal growth across the Caribbean, which now faces the implications of a potential “lost decade” of development. Small, highly-indebted middle-income developing countries, like those in the Caribbean – which are very vulnerable to natural disasters and international economic convulsions – have especial concerns which the international community is obliged to address properly in partnership with the people of our region, he said.“We must resist the temptation to bury our heads in the shifting sands of meaningless resolutions while we studiously disregard our imperative quest for a unifying principle and purpose,” Prime Minister Gonsalves stated, warning that avoidance of fundamental questions “threatens to set our Assembly adrift and rudderless, shirking responsibility and afraid of action.”Within the UN system, the current budget for peacekeeping dwarfs the resources allocated for development “even as we recognise that most conflict is rooted in underdevelopment,” he stressed, noting that age-old pledges of aid have been skirted and their fulfilment delayed by States citing their own struggles with the global economic fallout.Prime Minister Kenny Anthony of Saint Lucia.Prime Minister Gonsalves’ concerns were echoed by his Caribbean neighbour, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony of Saint Lucia, who warned that small states are forced to become even more indebted as they have to borrow to replace infrastructure such as roads and bridges, without which their economies would face further contraction.“The Caribbean Community has continuously made the point that many small states are deceptively classed as ‘middle income’ on the mere basis of per capita,” he said. “A country the size of Saint Lucia, with the vulnerabilities that we face, should not be subjected to such a measuring tool for determining whether a state can stand on its own.”Small states require some fairness and balance in the world economic space, he noted, adding: “We look to the future of a United Nations and other global institutions moving towards becoming more targeted and differentiated in their interventions and policies.”Prime Minister Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts and Nevis.In his remarks, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Denzil Douglas, also underscored the “mammoth challenges and difficulties” confronting small island state and the need for greater consideration. “In no way of our making, the global economic crisis has severely complicated the task of governance in highly indebted middle income nations like mine,” he said. “We continue to face significant challenges especially in relation to the attainment of economic growth in the context of a very sluggish and uncertain global economy.” The Caribbean leaders called for an end to the United State embargo on Cuba. Prime Minister Gonsalves said Cuba could in no way be labelled as state sponsor of terrorism since it neither supports nor harbours terrorists of any type, while Prime Minister Anthony attributed the embargo to political retribution. Prime Minister Douglas said the embargo’s continued denial of certain medical treatments to the Cuban people is simply “unconscionable.”They also underscored the need for urgent action in the war against climate change and rising seas. “This war is not a future event, it is a preset-day and ongoing battle,” Prime Minister Gonsalves said. “As all of you in this Assembly are aware, it is a war that we are currently losing. The survival of our islands is at stake, and the responsibility for immediate change lies undisputedly with those whose reckless pollution over generations has led us to the brink of catastrophe.”Prime Minister Douglas referred to the “radical” climate shifts the Caribbean region had undergone in recent decades. “It is troubling that the largest contributors of greenhouse gases are still not taking responsibility for the increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, coastal degradation, coral reef bleaching and decimation, infrastructural damage, and loss of lives that their actions have wrought,” he said.“The physical, mental and financial burden that other countries’ energy usage has inflicted on countries like mine has been enormous – plunging us deeper into debt, and severely frustrating our efforts to meet our Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he added, referring to the UN targets of slashing extreme hunger and poverty, maternal and infant mortality, diseases and lack of access to education and medical services, all by 2015.Their concerns were echoed by fellow small island states located on the other side of the world, in the South Pacific.Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano of Tonga.“Our challenge to the international community, in particular developed countries, is to take the bold measures necessary to reduce emissions of all greenhouse gases to levels that ensure a viable and meaningful future for SIDS (Small Island Developing States),” Lord Tu’ivakano, the Prime Minister of Tonga, told the Assembly. “To safeguard the survival of the smallest and most vulnerable States amongst us is to safeguard a viable future for all States. A rising tide may lift all boats but it will drown us all,” he added, stressing the need for sustainable development, and strict stewardship of the world’s ocean resources.“As custodians of the ocean and its living and non-living resources, we have long appreciated that the health of the oceans is critical to maintaining a staple source of sustenance and livelihood for island communities,” he said.Prime Minister Tuila’epa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa.In his address to the General Debate, a fellow Pacific island leader, Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuila’epa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, called climate change “the world’s most urgent problem requiring a decisive global response.”“It is a challenge that should unite us, not divide us,” he said. “Entrenched positions devoid of today’s realties and in pursuit of unrelated: agendas do not have a role in our collective effort. All countries are impacted by climate change in varying degrees. No one should stay detached and unconcerned to our common plight.”Underscoring the vital need for sustainable development, he too made a plea for conserving the oceans’ resources. “The call to conserve and harness the marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdictions including taking a decision on the development of an international instrument under the Convention of the Law of the Seas, are important major achievements worthy of support,” he said.Prime Minister Meltek Sato Kilman Livtuvanu of Vanuatu.Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Meltek Sato Kilman Livtuvanu noted that like other Pacific island countries, his nation continues to be exposed to, and threatened by, the negative impacts of climate change such as coastal erosion, coral bleaching and ocean acidification.“I would like to seize this opportunity to express our wish to see the UN’s assistance in facilitating effective responses to global climate change, particularly through the prompt implementation of adaptation measures, as well as mitigation efforts, climate change financing, capacity building, and international negotiations,” he said.“This may well be your last chance,” he added in his statement to the Assembly. “In your hands lie hope and destination of the world’s nations. It is not only a responsibility that you have to assume for your own people but one for humanity as a whole.”Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola of Fiji.Noting that his Pacific island nation suffered the worst flooding on record this year, Fiji’s Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, said that beyond the human cost, the economic damage to infrastructure, schools, businesses, agriculture, and tourism, a sector that generates 33 per cent of Fiji’s gross domestic product, was immense.“And we still have not fully recovered,” he added. “The ongoing failure of the international community to seriously address climate change means we will all see more frequent and more intense weather events. These will erode our development gains and leave our people feeling poorer and less secure. So it is clear that it is indispensable to incorporate disaster-risk reduction into global and national development strategies.” The Pacific island states’ plea for conservation of the oceans received support from the small Mediterranean principality of Monaco, with its Government Councillor for External Affairs, José Badia, noting the importance of sustainable development of the seas. “Our delegation will support all initiatives to improve the coordination and effectiveness of the UN’s work with regard to the oceans,” he said in his remarks to the Assembly. The representatives of the small island nations and Monaco are among scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Skeptical Football A Tale Of Two Quarterbacks Struggling Against The Buffalo Bills

Like many counterfactuals, this is not an easy question to answer definitively, since having a kicker who is automatic from long range might have all kinds of ripple effects on the game that we can’t really foresee.(Although unlike many counterfactuals, it’s not a completely crazy idea: Thinking about a kicker who can usually nail it from 70 yards seems ridiculous to us now, but NFL kickers have steadily gotten better for at least 80 years, and they haven’t slowed down yet. In the 1960s, kickers made 13 of 129 kicks — 10.1 percent — from 50+ yards. In the past five years alone, NFL kickers have made 422 of 675 such attempts — for 62.5 percent. Since 2010, kickers have even made seven of 31 tries from 60+ yards — 22.5 percent.)If we simply replaced all a kicker’s misses with makes, an “automatic” kicker wouldn’t be worth much more than the worst kicker in the league. There’d be a few salvaged points here and there, but nothing major (kickers these days just don’t miss that often).But the real fun starts when we think about how a team would use a truly “automatic” kicker differently.To simplify the question, let’s assume the kicker makes 100 percent of his kicks instead of 95 percent — he’s “RoboKicker.” Using ESPN’s expected points model, we can identify all situations where a team would definitely want to make a FG attempt on fourth down if it knew it could automatically earn three points. A made kick is actually worth slightly less than that because the kicking team has to give up possession whether it makes the kick or not, but we’ll charitably give it full credit.2The actual value is probably somewhere around 2.6 points, but I think the charitable number is appropriate since the kicker is likely to be at least moderately more valuable strategically. So if a team is in RoboKicker’s range, it should want to attempt a field goal any time it’s fourth down and the expected value of its possession is less than three points. The value it gains from having that option is the difference between the two, and the kicker’s total value added is the sum of all those differences.This plot shows how much RoboKicker would be worth for an average team (since 2006) in expected points added per game, based on his range:This assumes the kicker would be just a normal kicker from longer distances than the one he’s automatic from, though if he was automatic from 50 yards he would probably be pretty good from 60,3Though if he were actually a robot, this may not be the case, as he would probably make about the same kick every time. which would carry additional value. But this is a fair first-order guess.The second wrinkle to @MattGlassman312’s question is its bit about RoboKicker being a No. 1 pick or an MVP. To answer that, we have to start to answer how valuable a No. 1 pick or an MVP is.Let’s use Peyton Manning as our stand-in for “best player in the league,” which helps us to answer at least the spirit of the question. When Manning was injured, the Indianapolis Colts’ average margin of victory dropped by 14.6 points per game (though this may have been in part because they were tanking so that they could draft Andrew Luck). And when Manning joined Denver, the Broncos’ average MOV rose by 17.1 points per game. But let’s assume that those years were outliers and assume that a typical MVP is worth about 10 points per game. To surpass that, RoboKicker would need to be able to hit from around 80 yards. (I confess, this is further out than I would have guessed.) Then, considering that even No. 1 picks have only about a 50 percent to 60 percent shot of ever making a Pro Bowl — much less of being MVP — I’d say being automatic from 50 to 60 yards would probably be sufficient to be worth the top pick in the draft most years.The Hacker Gods read FiveThirtyEight (or just love Andrew Luck)Last week’s games had a few outcomes consistent with this column’s most frequently asserted stereotypes. Most intriguingly, we saw win curve standout and two-time Gunslinger of the Week winner Andrew Luck4He won in Week 1 and again in Week 14 — you don’t remember? digging his own hole by throwing an early pick-6 that put the Colts down 7-0, and then climbing out of it to come back and win against the Houston Texans. This follows a similar Week 14 victory against the Cleveland Browns, when Luck was down 14 points in the second half after an early pick-6 (and a third-quarter fumble-6).If you’ve been reading Skeptical Football, you’ll know I’m generally pro-interception (at least certain kinds) — but as an indirect indicator of taking good risks. Normally, a quarterback will lose the games in which he throws interceptions. But so far in his young career, it seems like Luck has an uncanny talent for winning and throwing INTs in the same game. So, naturally, that got me wondering how these results compare to Peyton Manning’s and those of all other quarterbacks (since 2006):Luck shows a similar propensity for winning as his predecessor in Indianapolis, regardless of scenario. But the big caveat is that interceptions are often a function of losing as well as a cause of it. Generally this is because QBs make rational risk adjustments that lead to more interceptions when they’re behind.5There is also a smaller opposite effect, which is that QBs sometimes throw slightly more interceptions than expected in games they’re winning by wide margins, presumably because teams start playing a basic offensive set in blowouts rather than taking the extraordinary risk-avoidance measures they do to protect smaller leads. (Weird things happen in the NFL.) So to isolate the situations we’re most interested in, I limited the comparison to the number of interceptions thrown while the QB’s team was trailing (including only games in which the QB’s team trailed at some point):This is, of course, a small sample for Luck: He has two wins in the six games in which he threw two trailing INTs, and two wins in the five games he threw three. But those four wins in 11 games (36.4 percent success rate) are already more than Manning. Since 2006, Manning has just three wins in 24 games (12.5 percent) in which he threw two or more trailing interceptions, and all QBs since 2006 have only 56 wins in 1,025 such games (5.5 percent).Naturally, this relates back to my gunslinger hypothesis (that a quarterback can throw too few interceptions as well as too many). Andrew Luck is an example of someone who throws more interceptions than usual when his team is down, but wins more often. Overall, Luck has thrown one or more INT in 55.9 percent of games (19 of 34) in which he trailed and has won 52.9 percent of them (18 of 34). Other QBs have thrown one or more INT in 49.3 percent of games where they trailed, winning only 42.3 percent.You can continue like this for more drastic circumstances (more likely to require heavy risk-taking): Of the 19 games where Luck threw 1+ trailing INT, he threw 2+ in 57.9 percent (11 of 19) and won 36.8 percent (7 of 19). Other QBs have thrown an additional INT in 38.0 percent of such games and won only 16.3 percent (439 of 2,697).6And, if you need more: Of the 11 games in which Luck threw 2+ trailing INTs, he threw 3+ in 45.5 percent (5 of 11) and won 36.4 percent (4 of 11). Other QBs threw an additional INT in 30.3 percent of such games, and won only 5.5 percent.In other words, Andrew Luck is to gunslinging what Aaron Rodgers is to gunholstering.7However, for all that sound and fury about Luck, the actual Week 15 gunslinger winner was Mark Sanchez, who had two trailing interceptions for Philadelphia (in the third and fourth quarters), yet managed to take the lead (albeit briefly) in a game where the Eagles once trailed 21-0.Bonus chart of the weekAfter making the “team movement between 2013 and 2014” chart earlier, I thought it would be interesting to see how each team’s offensive and defensive performance has varied over the past five years. For this chart, I plotted expected points added per drive on offense and expected points denied per drive on defense for each of the last five years, and then connected them so you can see how each team has changed. Some teams have much tighter “shot groups” (Cleveland, New England) than others (Chicago, New York Giants), but I’ll leave you to look for yourself:Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. There’s a bit of a schism in sports fandom. On one side there are those who want more and more statistical analysis (Hi, everybody!); on the other there are those who think stats are overused and blanch at how sabermetrics and analytics have changed what it means to be a good fan.But I have a theory about this latter group: In general, they’re not really anti-stats. Virtually every argument about sports on TV or online is made using stats of one sort or another.1My wife, who is not a sports fan herself, describes “Pardon The Interruption” as “a bunch of guys shouting numbers at each other until a bell rings.” A typical exchange between talking heads includes one guy emphasizing one set of stats (“He throws a lot of touchdowns!”), which is then countered by another (“But he throws too many interceptions!”). Almost no sports fans are truly anti-stats, they’re just anti-complicated, hard-to-understand stats.And to some extent, they’re right. Over-reliance on advanced metrics can lose the forest for the trees, and vice versa. But, ideally, good stats aren’t meant to eradicate classic storylines or debates, but to lend context to them (and hopefully to shed new light on difficult questions along the way). As usual, let me illustrate with an example using Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.The Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers each played the Buffalo Bills in Weeks 14 and 15 of this season, respectively. In both games, the MVP-candidate QBs “struggled” statistically. This shouldn’t be a total surprise: Despite having games against Manning, Rodgers and Tom Brady, Buffalo has had arguably the best defense in the NFL this year (judging by expected points denied per play).But Rodgers’s and Manning’s stats seemed particularly bad. Each threw two interceptions, no TDs and fewer than 200 yards. Manning’s 51-game TD streak ended, and Rodgers threw just his fourth and fifth INTs of the season.The media wasn’t kind to either quarterback, but much of it was particularly brutal to Manning. Here’s the Colorado NBC affiliate: “Denver wins despite Manning’s worst game as a Bronco.” Meanwhile, a number of stories about Green Bay’s loss emphasized Rodgers’s lack of interceptions this year or the fact that his receivers dropped or tipped some key passes.But not all no-TD, two-INT, 180-yard games are created equal. For example, Manning’s two interceptions were pretty “good” as far as interceptions go: the first was 42 yards downfield (which is practically a punt), and the other was 18 yards downfield on a third-and-12 — with the Broncos up 21-3. In general, it’s a bad idea to judge a QB who throws a small number of passes in a game his team led wire to wire.Besides, touchdowns and interceptions can be fickle: For example, sometimes a significant part of QB efficiency can be accounted for by whether his team likes to run or pass on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. But a QB often has just as much of an effect on his team’s ability to run the ball as he does on its ability to throw it. (If all teams played optimally, game theory suggests he should affect them about equally, because opposing defenses should adapt to a stronger passing game by devoting more resources to it.)With some exceptions, it generally makes more sense to judge a QB by the outcomes of his team’s offensive drives. From this perspective, the difference between Manning vs. Buffalo and Rodgers vs. Buffalo was pretty stark. Here are the outcomes of each player’s drives by situation:Denver started out its game against Buffalo with a punt, then scored TDs on three of its next five drives (also, one of those drives ended in field goal range after Jacob Tamme fumbled a completed catch). Up 18 points in the second half, its offense stalled, particularly as it attempted to run more. But even counting those possessions, 10 (non-end-of-game) drives were turned into three TDs and one field goal. This may have been a bit of an off day for Peyton Manning, but that’s a good day for most QBs. Denver’s 2.18 points per drive was only slightly below its season average of 2.33, and was better than 24 teams have averaged in 2014. Green Bay’s offense, on the other hand, started out cold (punting on three of its first four drives), and basically stayed that way — ultimately scoring only 13 points on 13 drives.The point here isn’t to knock Rodgers or Green Bay. The Rodgers-led offense still leads the league with 2.7 points per drive this year, and with his TD/INT ratio (so beloved by media everywhere) still a league-best 7/1, Rodgers is still probably the MVP frontrunner. But we should understand the limitations of first-order stats that people are shouting about, and how they can be deceptive. What context do they include, and what do they ignore?Chart of the weekThe Seattle Seahawks’ defense has its own deceptive stats. The defending champions are in an odd spot. If the playoffs started today, the 10-4 Seahawks would play a wildcard game on the road against the 6-8 New Orleans Saints. And depending how the next two weeks go, they could easily end up as the top seed in the NFC, or out of the playoffs entirely.Two weeks ago, I introduced some “scoring curves,” and showed how Seattle’s defense (with the team 8-4 at the time) flirted with league average in many situations (such as when its opponent has a long way to go for a touchdown). Many readers expressed skepticism, particularly because Seattle has the best defense in the NFL by the old “yards allowed” metric, and is among the league leaders in points allowed per game (as well as yards per play against).I partially agree: I find it very unlikely that Seattle’s defense is average or below average. And I’m tempted to go further and say that it’s unlikely this defense is much worse than last year’s squad. But the stats show the defense has had a pretty huge regression to the mean in measurable defensive outcomes.To show just how much these kinds of things vary from season to season, I’ve plotted each team’s expected points allowed per play on offense vs. expected points allowed per play on defense, and then shown how this year’s iterations compare with last year’s:Seattle has had a pretty big decline on the defensive side, but this is to be expected: Last year’s results were a big outlier, and outliers are more likely to regress toward the mean. For example, Denver’s incredible 2013 offense declined similarly. Both remain among the top tier of teams for each respective side, but are much closer to the pack than they were last year.Once again, the context here is important, and this time for either side of the advanced-stats debate: Simply looking at basic defensive stats and saying that everything is fine with the Seahawks’ D misses a dramatic decline. But simply looking at the magnitude of the decline without considering the context would overvalue its importance.Twitter question of the week read more

VIDEO The secrets of Dublin tenements

first_imgHENRIETTA ST IN Dublin was once home to the rich, the playground of people who could afford to live in grand redbrick Georgian houses that showed off their wealth and high standard of living.But as the newly-built suburbs became the preferred stomping ground of the elite, the homeowners left and the price of the buildings dropped.They soon went into the hands of landlords, who tried to fit as many residents as they possible could into the homes.Number 14 Henrietta St is an example of a home that was changed considerably so that more people could live there. What is now a front room once was a space that held a grand, wooden staircase, which led upstairs to the main rooms, as Dublin City Council’s Heritage Officer Charles Duggan explained:(Video ceilings and walls still bear the traces of their salubrious past, with ceiling cornices and the remnants of wall hangings still visible.There are pockmarks from where people hammered in nails, and even some pieces of wallpaper still stuck to the walls.Visting Henrietta St today is like stepping into a portal to the Ireland of the past, but a place that isn’t so far removed from where we are now.It’s a look at two contrasting parts of society, the rich and the poor, and a reminder of the decades of social change that have taken place in Ireland.(Video Radburn was one of the people who lived on Henrietta St. Click here to hear her story. Read: “The street was my playground”: A journey back to the tenement days>Read: Georgian cellars to be filled in during Luas Cross City construction>last_img read more

Understanding and accessing Windows 8s advanced boot options

first_imgAs each version of Windows is released, Microsoft has done a better job putting all of the advanced tasks in a centralized location. Windows 8 is no exception, but this time Microsoft has seen fit to add a number of steps in order to access some features that advanced users will undoubtedly want to access right away.Any time you feel the need to force the computer into Safe Mode, or disable driver signature enforcement in Windows 8, you will need to access the Advanced Startup. This is now also where you handle things like system failure controls, debugging mode, and boot logging. If you’re looking for the place to go for a system restore, image recover, or just to repair Windows 8, you’ll now find that in the Advanced Startup as well. Microsoft has done a great job rounding all of the tasks up that typically come with their own instruction manual and sticking them far away from the average user. In order to get to any of these features now, you need to find the option in the Control Panel that allows you to reboot into the Advanced Startup.Once you have rebooted into Advanced Startup, you will be walking through a series of Modern UI-like screens that all have very basic user interfaces. You will use a mouse or your finger if you have a touchscreen. There are some option panels in this menu that require the use of a keyboard, so if you are using a hybrid laptop or a Surface you will need to make sure your keyboard is nearby otherwise you will need to try this again later. You start off by selecting Troubleshoot, unless you have entered this menu by mistake.The Troubleshoot menu gives you several options for different tasks. If you need to wipe your PC and start with a fresh installation of Windows 8, you can do that here. If you want to keep all of your personal information, but would like to get rid of any apps or files that may be causing your Windows 8 install to run slower than expected, the refresh tool will remove all but your personal data and allow you to restore if you choose later on. Anything else you might want to do is hidden under the next menu layer, so hit Advanced options to move forward.The Advanced options is what you more than likely came to Advanced Startup for. Here you can perform a system restore using a recovery point you created earlier, or use a system image file to recover your PC if you back up your PC with image files. You can access the command prompt with the advanced controls enabled if you know what you are looking for, or you can go with the automatic repair if you think Microsoft knows best when it comes to repairing your PC.If you are interested in things like driver controls, boot logging, or debugger tools, you will need to enable them in the Startup Settings menu.In order to get to the Startup Settings menu, you will need to restart your PC. (Repeatedly pressing F8 while restarting won’t do it! Microsoft says Windows 8 is too fast for that.) When you click the icon, you will be asked if you are sure you would like to reboot your PC to access this menu. When you select restart you will be taken to a lower resolution blue screen that requires the keyboard to use. Your mouse and touch screen won’t work on this menu at all. This menu will allow you to make changes to Windows 8 that will be reflected immediately after the computer boots back into Windows 8. If you need specific kinds of Safe Mode, or if you would like to disable some of the features Microsoft has enable for the safety of basic users, this screen will get you what you need. Once you have made the changes you would like to make, the PC will reboot and you’ll be back at your lock screen.It’s something of an understatement to say that Microsoft hid some of these features — considering you have to go through no less than two reboots and five menu layers just to get to the options. The placement of some of these features makes some power users concerned that Microsoft will use this to make it easy to dispose of these features in the future, forcing users to do things the Modern UI way. While we’re still a long way away from Microsoft being able to remove most of these features, they have certainly accomplished their goal of hiding them from users who might accidentally do harm to their PCs.last_img read more

Supreme Court appoints two corruption prosecutors

first_imgThe Supreme Court has appointed two top judicial officials as “corruption prosecutors” in a bid to plow through a plethora of cases of alleged graft and mismanagement of public money.Athens First Instance Court prosecutor Eleni Raikou is to hold the post in the capital while appeals court prosecutor Argyris Dimopoulos is to take the job in Thessaloniki. Raikou played a key role in getting former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos to face justice for millions of euros in kickbacks he is alleged to have pocketed from defense contracts. Raikou’s new job will be to bring to task other state functionaries found to have mismanaged state money. Dimopoulos will do the same in Thessaloniki, where former Mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos was jailed for life in February for embezzlement.Both are to play a key role in speeding up existing corruption probes and will be able to recruit a team of prosecutors to flank them.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un bruit de fond modéré stimule la créativité

first_imgUn bruit de fond modéré stimule la créativitéPubliée dans le Journal of Consumer Research, une étude américaine montre que la créativité d’une personne augmente quand celle-ci est entourée d’un bruit de fond modéré, mais retombe lorsque ce dernier devient trop fort. Un fait qui intéresse les promoteurs de nouveaux produits pour mieux gérer leurs espaces de vente… Une équipe internationale de scientifiques a établi expérimentalement qu’un modeste niveau de bruit ambiant (environ 70 décibels, soit l’équivalent d’une voiture de tourisme circulant sur une route) améliore les performances sur des tâches créatives, mais qu’un niveau élevé de bruit (85 décibels, soit l’équivalent du bruit du trafic sur une route principale) nuit à la créativité en réduisant le traitement de l’information. “Nous avons découvert qu’il y a une relation en ‘U’ inversé (courbe) entre le niveau de bruit et la créativité”, résume Ravi Mehta, de l’Université de l’Illinois cité par Sci-news.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Une réalité qui s’applique aussi à la réceptivité à des idées innovantes… ou à de nouveaux produits. Car c’est là le but essentiel de la recherche : savoir comment les gestionnaires d’un point de vente doivent aménager au mieux celui-ci pour permettre au consommateur d’être le plus sensible possible aux nouveaux concepts ou produits. Pour les besoins de l’expérience, le bruit testé était bien sûr un brouhaha de voix, comme dans un supermarché…”Il s’agit de recherches auxquelles les gens peuvent se rapporter presque immédiatement : ‘Je travaille dans un café : comment le volume de la musique d’ambiance affecte-t-il ma performance ?’. Nos résultats impliquent que, au lieu de s’enterrer dans une pièce calme pour essayer de trouver une solution [à un problème], marcher à l’extérieur ou entrer dans un environnement relativement bruyant comme un café peut (…) générer des idées créatives”, conclut toutefois le Pr Mehta.Le 19 mai 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Daily Deals Mario Kart Monopoly GoPro Hero 260 4K TV and

first_imgOut 10/19 – 25% off Dark Souls Remastered (Switch)Dark Souls Remastered for the Switch will finally be released on October 19 but for a limited time you can already get 25% off the sale price. That makes this a better deal than the late 20% off Prime and GCU discounts (RIP). The remastered edition includes the main game in buttery smooth 60fps high definition and includes the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. Because this is a preorder, shipping is free at Walmart. 50% off Monopoly Special Edition Board GamesIt’s the classic board game but with themed board, cards, tokens, and gameplay tweaks.Get the Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart at Gamestop for $13.50Get the Monopoly Rick and Morty Edition for $19.99Get the Monopoly Star Wars Han Solo Edition for $11.49 ViewSonic M1 Portable Projector with Harman Kardon Speakers $250This tiny little projector fits in the palm of your hand and weighs less than 2lbs, and yet it can project up to an 100″ image from 9 feet away. It has a built-in battery that lasts 6 hours, so you don’t even need to plug it in. The dual Harman Kardon speakers provide ample sound.Use code “50OFFM1” to get it on Amazon for $249.99 Get it for Switch at Walmart for $29.49 with Free 2-Day Shippingcenter_img 2018 Model GoPro Hero HD Waterproof Action Cam (Flashable to GoPro Hero 5 Black) for $180The 2018 GoPro Hero HD is hardware-wise identical to the GoPro Hero 5 Black. In fact, there is a reddit thread that shows you how to flash the firmware so that your budget GoPro Hero HD can turn into the GoPro Hero 5 Black. The GoPro HD features 1080p video, 2″ rear LCD display, WiFi and Bluetooth with voice control, and a waterproof body (without needing a case).Get it on Amazon for $179.87 55″ RCA 4K HDTV for $259.99You won’t find a less expensive 55″ TV. This TV doesn’t have smart capability, but all you need to do is plug in an Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast.Get it at Walmart for $259.99 with Free 2-Day Shippinglast_img read more

Giroud Higuains arrival darkens my Chelsea future

first_imgChelsea striker Olivier Giroud revealed that Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival certainly darkens his future and opened the door towards a potential return to France.The French World Cup winner left his homeland in 2012 for Arsenal after helping Montpellier beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title.Last year then saw Giroud make a controversial switch to Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea after a lack of game time at the Emirates Stadium.However, under coach Maurizio Sarri, Giroud has fared little better with just six starts in the Premier League this season.This has led to reports linking Giroud with a return to France with both Marseille and Lyon.Speaking to CANAL Foot Club, prior to Higuain’s arrival last week, Giroud indicated a return to Ligue 1 could happen even if his priority is to remain in England.“I will never make people unanimously satisfied with me,” admitted Giroud.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“There is a little part of regret and frustration. The public expects a goalscorer to score goals. I’m the fourth best goalscorer of French football and nobody can take that away from me.“The coach makes [Eden] Hazard play nine which is detrimental to strikers. But he is the best player I’ve ever played with.“If the club decides to get another striker, like Higuain, it will certainly darken my future at Chelsea.“I’ve never said no to a return to France. Lyon and Marseille are two great clubs. My priority is to stay in the Premier League though.”Higuain made his Chelsea debut on Sunday in their 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge and was replaced by Giroud in the 82nd-minute of the fourth-round clash.The Blues will next take a trip to the Vitality Stadium where they will face Bournemouth in a Premier League match on Wednesday with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).last_img read more