Minor girl blackmailed, gang-raped in Meerut

first_imgA minor dalit girl from Meerut was allegedly gang-raped by three youths for several months. Police said on Thursday that the accused have been booked under IPC section 376 D (gang rape) and relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.Threatened acid attackThe victim’s mother said one of the accused threatened to throw acid on the girl’s face if she went to the police. She said the youths had shot an “objectionable” video of the class X student and used it to blackmail her. “We did not know about this. But the school authorities approached us saying she has been missing from school for the last four months. When we asked her what is going on, my daughter broke down and narrated her ordeal. These youths used the objectionable video to force her to meet them,” the mother told the media. Kamlesh Shukla, in charge of the Civil Lines police station, said the culprits would be arrested soon.last_img read more

Bail pleas of 3 cops rejected

first_imgA court here on Saturday rejected the anticipatory bail applications filed by three officers booked in connection with the 2015 police firing at people protesting over the desecration of religious scriptures. District and Sessions Judge Harpal Singh rejected the bail pleas of the then Fazilka Superintendent of Police Bikramjit Singh, Inspector Pardip Singh and the then SHO Amarjit Singh. “The anticipatory bail pleas have been rejected by the court,” Faridkot District Attorney Rajnish Kumar said. The court had heard the arguments of both the sides on Friday and reserved the order for Saturday. The three officers had filed anticipatory bail applications after an SIT arrested the then Moga SSP Charanjit Singh Sharma on January 27. Sharma was arrested in connection with the police firing at Behbal Kalan in Fardikot district that killed two people. He was leading a police team that allegedly opened fire at the protesters. Sharma was arrested after the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed a petition challenging the findings of the Ranjit Singh Commission.last_img read more

Conservationists question sage grouse protection plans

first_imgThe U.S. government should be cautious about adopting the state of Wyoming’s strategy for protecting the greater sage grouse—a grassland bird at the center of a national controversy—conservationists argue in a report scheduled to be released tomorrow. The critics say the state, which is home to an estimated one-third of the country’s remaining sage grouse, is pursuing a strategy that fails to preclude intrusive development in key habitat, provide adequate buffer zones, and preserve winter habitat. The critique comes as federal officials have begun to adopt portions of Wyoming’s approach to protecting the bird on federal lands, saying it offers a promising way to balance conservation and economic development.The grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) makes its home in sagebrush steppe in 11 states and is the largest grouse in North America. Biologists estimate its current population is between 200,000 and 400,000 birds. That could be as low as 1% of historic levels, says Mark Salvo of Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., a lead author of the white paper. In 2003, the population decline prompted many scientists and environmentalists to ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to add the sage grouse to its list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act. In 2010, the agency ruled that the bird warranted listing, but that other animals were of higher priority, and said it would reconsider the issue in September 2015.That deadline is looming, and state officials and agencies across the grouse’s habitat have been scrambling to come up with management plans that they hope will prevent the bird being listed as endangered. State officials fear that a listing would force a wide range of development controls on lands owned by the federal government, which account for more than half of the territory of some western states. 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It is based on a concept called core area protection, and recently the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it was adopting major elements of the strategy in a long-range plan for protecting more than 800,000 hectares of federal land around Lander, Wyoming. The plan, officially known as a Resource Management Plan (RMP), is the first of 15 such plans BLM is developing across the 11 sage grouse states.Rick Vander Voet, field manager at the Lander BLM office, says that the RMP was chosen as the best and most balanced mix of options among the alternatives considered. He says this plan “reflects years of extensive collaboration with cooperating agencies, non-governmental organizations and the public.” The Lander Field Office is unique among the other areas in the state considering RMPs, in that 99% of BLM land under their jurisdiction is sage grouse habitat—and nearly two-thirds of it is considered core habitat. Vander Voet says that in and around Lander, “every other resource, from archaeology to wilderness study areas will in some way influence greater sage grouse.”The report concludes that the RMP’s version of the core area strategy will not prevent future declines in grouse populations. Among the specific concerns:Buffer zones aren’t big enough. The plan establishes “surface occupancy buffer zones” around grouse leks—the areas where the birds gather for mating displays—which means no oil or gas infrastructure within about 1 kilometer of active leks. But that number is not supported by any scientific literature or studies, the report argues. Instead, Salvo notes, the best available scientific literature recommends about a 6-kilometer buffer. Critics note that a BLM draft of an alternative plan that was not adopted quoted a 2007 study which concluded that buffers of about 1 to 3 kilometers wide failed to prevent population declines of sage grouse. The agency should heed such research and widen the buffer zones, the report argues. It ignores threats to wintering grounds. The plan restricts development activities in sage grouse habitat that the birds use during the winter months, but eases up when the birds move elsewhere in the spring and summer. Research, however, suggests the birds will avoid returning to wintering grounds if they have been disturbed, critics say. They urge BLM to follow the advice of its 2011 review panel, which recommended prohibiting surface disturbance in or adjacent to winter habitat any time of the year.The authors of the report hope BLM officials will take such issues into account as the agency finalizes its remaining management plans, including three more for Wyoming. The state “is key to sage-grouse conservation,” Salvo says.BLM’s Vander Voet says the goal for his office, in administering the RMP, will be to balance the “primary drivers of the local economy” (oil and gas, tourism, recreation, and agriculture) while protecting important cultural and natural resources—including greater sage grouse—for the future.*Correction, 11 July, 1:25 p.m.: The current sage grouse population compared with historic levels has been corrected. Additionally, FWS ruled in 2010, not in 2011, that the sage grouse warranted listing. Finally, a link to the report has been added. Too few controls on surface disturbances in critical sage grouse habitat. Such disturbances can include roads, oil and gas development, and construction. Wyoming’s plan allows for up to 5% of “suitable sage grouse habitat” to be disturbed, although a 2011 review prepared for BLM by nearly two dozen federal and state biologists and land managers recommended 3% or less surface disturbance. The Wyoming plan allows “too much drilling … in the wrong places,” Salvo argues.last_img read more

Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat hospitalised

first_imgFormer Uttarakhand Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat was hospitalised here early on Monday after he complained of dizziness.Mr. Rawat was admitted to the Max hospital in Dehradun in the wee hours, his chief spokesperson Surendra Kumar said.“Routine check-ups have been conducted and all his reports are normal. There is nothing to worry,” Mr. Kumar said, adding that Rawat would be discharged soon.last_img

James Yap’s veteran presence keeps Rain or Shine steady in first win

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion James Yap provides calming presence for Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESJames Yap has been in the league for quite a while that he’s no stranger to the rigors of a season’s first game.“During first games, in my experience, everyone is just too eager to play,” he told reporters in Filipino on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In the season-ending Governors’ Cup, the Elastopainters were simply out of their groove and finished 10th in the standings.“Momentum is important,” Yap said. “Everyone’s so eager to play, I’m just glad we were able to correct it, and absorb the pressure.”“Fortunately everybody played as a team,” he closed.Rain or Shine is set to face Barangay Ginebra in an out-of-town affair next week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img MOST READ So he took over. On all levels.Not only did he figure as a much-needed senior presence for an ElastoPainters side that just lost Chris Tiu to retirement, Yap provided the scoring blueprint as well, pouring 20 points—nine of which, came in succession from distance—to lead his team to their first win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYap ended the affair as the team’s best scorer while adding three assists to his stat line.“I just keep myself ready at all times,” said the 36-year-old Yap. “I always condition myself. Before practices, I do plyometrics. Coach (Caloy Garcia) told me that I should be ready this conference.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA memo won’t stop Arwind Santos from pulling off his Spiderman dunk again “That lingered in my head, in a way I’m thrilled. It came from coach himself,” he added.Aside from his mentor’s remark, Yap said he is motivated with the focus he’s seeing from his teammates.“We got the boot last conference, and we couldn’t forget about it,” he said. “Every practice, I can see everyone is focused because they want to redeem themselves.“We all know what it feels like to fall short, to not make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.Yap’s last team-best performance came in July last year when he helped push Rain or Shine past GlobalPort and arrange to a semifinal duel against Barangay Ginebra in the mid-season conference. He had 27 in that game.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

Barun Sobti aka Advay Singh Raizada to sport a clean shaven look in the show

first_imgTV hottie Barun Sobti is back on TV after five years as Advay Singh Raizada in Star Plus’ Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. Barun plays a dark character, who is blinded by his revenge. For the last two week, the actor was sport a heavily bearded look. But for the fans who like to see him clean shaven, Barun has got rid of his facial hair for an upcoming sequence on the show. But we are sure, girl who were swooning on his rugged look might a little disappointed. Barun Sobti in a clean shaven look.However, now as the story on the show moves forward, the makers have now decided to make Barun go back to his original clean shaven look much to the surprise of the audience. Talking about the same, Barun said “I was told to go for a haircut and shave by the makers and I just followed their instructions. Every decision taken by them is always in the favour of the show and this too has been done to connect better with the audience as now the story in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon will go from intense to fun. Changing story graphs to call for changes that keep the excitement level pumped up in the audiences regarding our show.” Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3 also star Shivani Tomar, Ritu Shivpuri and Mitaali Nag.Also read: 5 times Barun Sobti made our hearts skip a beat as Arnav Singh Raizadalast_img read more

Hardik and Rahul weren’t cool, they acted like fools: Harbhajan on Koffee With Karan row

first_imgWorld Cup-winning India cricketer Harbhajan Singh has come down on KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya who have been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over their controversial comments during an appearance on a popular television show, Koffee With Karan.Rahul and Pandya have been facing a lot of ire for their borderline racist and sexist comments. From references to getting distracted by cheerleaders to claiming they had slept with women in their teammates dressing rooms, both the cricketers were seemingly carried away by the nature of the show, which is known for getting celebrities to open up on their personal lives.The latter had boasted about his dates and hoookups with multiple women and even shed light on how his parents were “cool” with him seemingly objectifying the opposite gender.India vs Australia 1st ODI in Sydney – Live Score”At a party, my parents asked me acha tera wala [your women] kaun sa hai, so I said yeh, yeh, yeh [pointing out to some women] and they were like ‘waah proud of u beta’,” Pandya had said.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Mein karke aaya hai aaj (I had sex today)’,” he added.You don’t say this kind of things on national television: HarbhajanHarbhajan said Hardik and Rahul had made cringe-worthy comments and that they had made a fool out of themselves by trying to act cool on the show.”It [the suspension] was bound to happen. The BCCI has taken the right decision. That’s the way forward too. In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments. You don’t tell these kinds of things on national television. We don’t even discuss these things with our friends,” Harbhajan told India Today on Friday.advertisement”They have openly said.. ‘I have done this, I have done that’. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them.”He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them.”This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can’t go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You’re making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen.”Hardik and Rahul have lost the trust of their teammates: HarbhajanHardik and Rahul were sent show-cause notices in which they were informed about their suspensions. Either an internal committee of the BCCI or an ad hoc ombudsman will conduct the inquiry within 15 days, according to the Press Trust of India.Harbhajan though believes it’s not about the quantum of the punishment but that the two cricketers have ruined their reputations with the comments they made on the show. He also added that former cricketers have been hurt by the way the two cricketers portrayed the dressing room atmosphere.”Look, the punishment could be a two-match or three-match ban. That will not change anything. Their reputation was at stake, they have lost the trust of their teammates. If he comes and stands next to you at a party, would you like to stand next to him? I will not travel with these two guys in the same bus because if my daughter, if my wife is travelling in the team bus.. how would they feel? You are looking at women in only one angle? That’s not right.”It’s actually hurting us. He is bringing everyone’s reputation on the stake, including Sachin Tendulkar’s and all that of these great players who have played for the country for more than 20 years.”He’s talking about using other teammates’ room. ‘C’mon man what are you talking about? You have been in the team for only one year. What do you know about the team?'”We never created this kind of culture…party till 5 and come to play the next day. ‘You’re here to play cricket not to do this kind of stuff. When you have free time, you can enjoy, do what you want to do.’Harbhajan also raised pertinent questions about the role of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit [ACU] when it comes to monitoring players’ activities during tours.”Obviously, the ACU needs to see, which player is going where. The ACU should report to the BCCI. Where was the ACU when KL [Rahul] was out till 5 in the morning,” Harbhajan added.”The rules now are so strict. No one can come to your rooms without prior permission? Where was the ACU?”advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended for Koffee With Karan, to return homeAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul set to miss Australia ODIs after Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | Sydney ODI: Kohli not worried about Hardik situation, banks on Jadeja for all-rounder’s roleAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy won’t affect Indian dressing room: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:last_img read more

Bad news Lukaku, only Messi plays ahead of Zlatan

first_imgManchester United Bad news Lukaku, only Messi plays ahead of Zlatan Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Romelu Lukaku Zlatan Ibrahimovic Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Romelu Lukaku Zlatan Ibrahimović Basel v Manchester United Basel The Belgian has netted 12 times in 18 games as Manchester United’s star striker this term but Ibrahimovic’s return is likely to compromise his role An amazing roar went up as Zlatan Ibrahimovic embraced Anthony Martial and jogged onto the playing surface for the first time in seven months, arms pumping, head down. He raised his head once more a few yards later, took one look at Romelu Lukaku, pointed to the Manchester United number nine and directed him away from the centre of the pitch. “On the right,” he could be seen clearly mouthing.With that, Ibrahimovic was back. And Lukaku was already feeling the effects. Whereas Jose Mourinho had started the second half of the 4-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday with Marcus Rashford alongside Lukaku in a rare switch to a 4-4-2, there was to be no compromising Zlatan’s natural game for the final 15 minutes of the match.Zlatan 2/1 to score last v Brighton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Until the Swede returned at the weekend Lukaku had been the immovable object spearheading Mourinho’s United attack all season. Just as Ibrahimovic was untouchable last term, it was the former Everton front man who was given the same tag by his manager in recent weeks amid questions over his form. But now they have two big, bruising battlers to fit into one role and it looks unlikely to be Zlatan who will be asked to adapt.Ibrahimovic has rarely been one for stepping aside and playing second fiddle during his success-laden career. Wherever he has gone, he has usually got his way and trophies have followed. He spoke shortly before returning to the field last weekend about his ability to do the newly-acquired number 10 shirt proud, but the inference was that he was simply talking of a prestige of the jersey worn by the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi during their careers rather than dropping into a slightly deeper position.Only at Barcelona was there any inclination not to indulge the self-proclaimed lion by playing him front and centre, and his relationship with Pep Guardiola quickly soured as a result of the coach’s decision to make Lionel Messi his attacking focal point rather than Ibra.Ibrahimovic Messi BarcelonaElsewhere he has forced the likes of David Trezeguet, Adriano, Alexandre Pato and Edinson Cavani to deploy slightly altered roles as his one-man show has rolled around Europe dominating forward lines and collecting league titles for fun. While he has fitted in well alongside more creative players more suited to the number 10 role such as Alessandro Del Piero, Clarence Seedorf and Javier Pastore.Zlatan is known to be adept at dropping into pockets and getting involved in play from there, but it is all a part of his unique approach to the centre-forward position rather than proof of an ability to fulfil the obligations of attacking midfield or second striker generally accepted as the ‘number 10’.That is not to say that Lukaku will never get another chance in the middle of attack now that the 28-goal top scorer of last season has returned. For a start, he will continue to get the nod as a number nine for the time being as Ibrahimovic continues his recovery with increased opportunities from the substitutes bench.“He made a full recovery but now you cannot expect him to be ready to play a full 90 minutes or to be ready to play consecutive matches like he did all through his career,” Mourinho said of the 36-year-old on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League clash with Basel which could see United qualify for the last 16 with a draw or better. “Now he needs time to get back to his level, his fitness, his confidence, his sharpness, his everything.”Even beyond that there will surely be occasional matches for which Mourinho decides to go with a front two, and the manager insists they can play both be a part of a successful team. “It is easy. Good players can play together. The problem is when the players are not good, but for good players it is easy to play together.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic Romelu Lukaku statsRomelu Lukaku Manchester United 30092017But starting with a twin strike force is likely to be an exception rather than the norm if Mourinho’s track record is anything to go by, and Zlatan is not used to altering his game for the greater good so it would appear that the responsibility to play out of his comfort zone will fall on Lukaku.It is arguable that United will actually benefit from the Belgian being used away from the centre. While they already have a multitude of options available out wide thanks to the likes of Rashford, Martial, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard, the desire to get Lukaku into the XI is understandable. And his recent run of indifferent form has highlighted the continued need for him to work on his play with back to goal, so a few stints on the flank might well aid him in broadening his skill set in a way which will add to his game in the long run.For some followers, the answer is as easy as adding Lukaku’s goal tally with Ibrahimovic’s to make a career tally of 577 club goals and insisting they play as a strike force. But that is easier said than done when front men start making natural runs into one another’s path, and Zlatan has previously revelled when all of the focus has been on his shoulders. Add in Mourinho’s natural instinct for going with a solo front man and Lukaku’s seeming inability to play the creative role and it would appear that the Belgian will have to play as part of the supporting cast out on the wing for much of this season.The onus is on Lukaku to prove he can play to Ibrahimovic’s strengths, not the other way around. Unless, of course, he becomes Lionel Messi overnight.last_img read more

O’Neill signs Northern Ireland contract extension

first_imgNorthern Ireland O’Neill signs Northern Ireland contract extension after snubbing Scotland Jamie Smith 20:53 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michael O'Neill Getty Images Northern Ireland World Cup WC Qualification Europe Switzerland v Northern Ireland After turning down the chance to succeed Gordon Strachan, the highly-rated coach has agreed to remain in his current post until 2024 Michael O’Neill has signed a four-year contract extension, committing his future to Northern Ireland through to 2024.O’Neill, who led the team to the second round at Euro 2016, turned down the chance to take charge of Scotland.Northern Ireland narrowly missed out on qualification for the 2018 World Cup, losing a play-off 1-0 on aggregate to Switzerland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the 48-year-old has now agreed to extend his six-year reign by putting pen to paper on a new long-term deal.”The IFA came to me very quickly after the disappointment of defeat by Switzerland in the World Cup play-off and indicated that they would like to extend my contract,” O’Neill told Sky Sports.”They anticipated that there would be interest, which there was. From the period from November to now, talks have been ongoing and they were very positive.”I just felt as though it was the right thing to do. I’ve achieved a lot with Northern Ireland in the last six years but I still feel as though there is work to be done and I look forward to that challenge.”last_img read more

There’s Growing Talk Of NFL Head Coach Getting Fired Soon

first_imgThe NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)There’s growing talk of an NFL head coach needing to be fired after what happened in his team’s loss today.The Denver Broncos lost to the Houston Texans, 19-17, in a contest that featured multiple game management blunders by head coach Vance Joseph.Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien even appeared to taunt Joseph on the field for his mistake.Joseph, 46, is in his second season leading the Broncos’ team. Many are now doubting that he will reach a third with a franchise.Not suggesting #Broncos players want Vance Joseph to lose his job… But they certainly aren’t playing like they want him to keep it.— Eric Goodman (@EricGoodman) November 4, 2018Unreal. Vance Joseph just fired himself. Unreal.— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) November 5, 2018And to answer the question, yes if I were Elway I would try to talk Gary Kubiak into taking over temporarily and relieving Vance Joseph of his duties.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) November 5, 2018The Broncos fell to 3-6 on the season with today’s loss to the Texans, who improved to 6-3 on the year.We’re now past the halfway point of the regular season. We’re entering the time when teams will start to make some major changes. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Combatting recession

first_imgThe fear of a major global economic slowdown is driving large economies into making plans to push their growth machines back on track to avoid such a situation. Large economies such as the US, China, Germany and Japan are already at work to fight recession and push economic growth. The position of India, the world’s fastest-growing large economy till last year, is still as yet unclear. The earlier the government makes its plans clear, the better it is for the industry, investors and business organisations. It is important to ensure production growth of the country’s core sector industries and make an expansion of the infrastructure sector somewhat on the lines of other major economies. India’s economy grew at its slowest pace in over six years in the last June quarter following a sharp deceleration in consumer demand and tepid investment. The government’s tentative measures and concessions to certain sectors of industry, including housing and export are unlikely to put growth back on track. They can produce limited success only. India’s GDP grew only five per cent in the first quarter of FY20, the slowest since the fourth quarter of FY13. Last month, Moody’s Investors Service cut the country’s GDP growth rate to 6.2 per cent for 2019 against its earlier projection of 6.8 per cent. The rating agency scaled down India’s economic growth to 6.7 per cent for 2020, a cut of another 0.6 percentage points. Also Read – A special kind of bondPresently, India is the second Asian economy to feature in the list of world’s top 10 countries by GDP in US dollars. The top 10 world economies (in order) are United States, China, Japan, Germany, UK, India, France, Brazil, Italy and Canada. Notably, the European Central Bank (ECB) is said to be planning to unleash a cocktail of stimulus measures to give the already ailing eurozone economy a big boost. Germany, the world’s fourth-largest economy and Europe’s biggest, plans to invest “billions and billions” to tide over the ongoing economic downturn. German Federal Minister for Finance Olaf Scholz gave a strong hint to lawmakers present during a recent budget debate that the government is ready to loosen the purse strings to fight any downward economic spiral. “It will be very important for us as the largest economy in the middle of the European Union, whether we are actually able to counteract a negative economic trend,” Scholz said. “With the solid financial foundations we have today, we are in a position to counter an economic crisis with many, many billions of euros, if one actually breaks out in Germany and Europe,” the German finance minister added. Also Read – Insider threat managementScholz’s comments followed a media report that said Berlin may set up independent public bodies to take on new debt and boost investment in key parts of the economy, without falling foul of strict national spending rules. Germany’s economy contracted 0.1 per cent in the second quarter and weak data since has fuelled concerns that Europe’s biggest economy could shrink again between July and September and tip the country into recession for the first time since 2013. Exporters have long been the driver of Germany’s economic growth but they are struggling in the face of a global slowdown, rising global trade tensions and growing uncertainty about Britain’s chaotic exit from the European Union. The People’s Republic of China, on its part, is making a big investment push in the infrastructure sector and expanding its One Belt One Road project. This project, a brainchild of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is focused on better connectivity and cooperation among multiple countries spread across the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe to keep the country’s growth engine chugging. China’s economic growth is projected to be 6.2 per cent this year by the IMF. According to industry reports, quoted by Xinhua, investment — an important engine of the Chinese economy — is expected to grow faster this year, allowing China to better cope with economic uncertainties in 2019. A report from the Economic and Strategic Planning Department of the Bank of China (Hong Kong) forecast a rise of 7.3 per cent in China’s aggregated investment in 2019, up 1.4 percentage points from 2018. Investment’s contribution to the growth of China’s GDP will rise by 0.5 percentage points to 2.64 percentage points. In other words, about 40 per cent of the year’s economic growth will be generated by such investments. Infrastructure facilities will continue to take a large portion, but the emphasis will be on improving weak links and consolidating the less-developed areas. Last October, the State Council issued a guideline on beefing up investment in nine areas of infrastructure, including railways, highways and waterways, airports, water conservancy, energy and environmental protection as well as infrastructure conducive to agriculture and rural development. China’s urban infrastructure construction will focus on government-subsidised housing, public transit and drainage and water-logging prevention systems. Citing statistics from the National Development and Reform Commission, a report said the economic planner approved infrastructure construction projects with an aggregated investment of 500 billion Yuan (about 74 billion US dollars), which mainly involves inter-city railway, rail transit and airports. The Ministry of Transport, China Railways Corporation and Civil Aviation Administration have all released their infrastructural construction targets for 2019. A China-style infrastructure investment programme looks more ideal for India to tide over the current economic slowdown trend. Some of the developing countries in Asia and Africa are planning similar programmes to improve their economic growth to avoid the possible impact of a global economic recession. Many believe that India’s economic turbulence is more than what meets the eye. Several recently-released data sets suggest an impending economic recession in the country. It makes little sense to debate on the issue or take half-hearted measures. The fact is that India’s economic growth trend is far below the expected level. The government needs to act fast and initiate large investment in infrastructure to arrest the trend. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Winnipeg man suffers bites during multiple attacks by bear in Ontario woods

first_imgKENORA, Ont. — A Winnipeg man says he is lucky to be alive after suffering severe bites from a bear that attacked him three times near his cottage in northwestern Ontario.Dave Schwab, who is 69, says he was finishing his walk near Kenora last Thursday when he spotted a black bear about 100 metres ahead of him in some bushes.Schwab, an experienced hiker, says he made noise and the bear seemed to walk away, but it didn’t leave the area and started following him before it attacked and bit his thigh and arm.A kick to the bruin’s belly scared the animal away but it came at him twice more, only this time Schwab fended it off by clubbing it on the snout with a birch log and his foot.Some contractors working on his cabin heard his calls for help and drove him to Kenora for treatment that included stitches to close some of his wounds.Ontario Provincial Police say the bear believed responsible for the attack was found and put down.Schwab said adrenaline is what kept him going during the attack.“I don’t remember pain, I don’t remember fear, you’re just in desperation mode, its fight or flight,” he said.“It’s a reminder to me of how thankful I am for life and how grateful I am to be alive.”Schwab said he will continue to walk and hike near his cottage, but from now on he will carry bear spray.A 62-year-old Minnesota woman was killed last month by a black bear on Rainy Lake, near Fort Frances, Ont. (CTV Winnipeg)This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 1, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN agency distributes emergency supplies as floods strike Chad

About 2,500 families have received blankets, bed mats and plastic sheeting so far, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters today. The assistance is part of wider relief efforts involving the Chadian Government, other UN aid agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Mr. Edwards said large areas of Chad have been affected by the floods, which follow torrential rains that have fallen since mid-July. No region has been spared, with the far north, the south-east and some districts of the capital, N’Djamena, among the areas hardest hit. Up to 9,000 people are estimated to have been affected. Relief efforts have also been hampered by the poor state of Chad’s roads – many humanitarian vehicles have been washed away by raging waters in normally dry river-beds and some areas remain cut off by the inundations. 13 August 2010The United Nations refugee agency is delivering emergency assistance to thousands of flood victims in Chad, where entire villages have been destroyed and cultivated land ruined by the country’s heaviest rainfall in 40 years. read more

Lowcarbon vehicle competition application deadlines approaching

The competition has been divided into two separate projects, each with distinct timescales and agenda purposes: With initial funding from the Technology Strategy Board, the Department for Transport and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Integrated Delivery Programme Competition is for projects that accelerate research and development, leading to the reduction of carbon emissions from mass market road vehicles. The ultimate goal is to develop an industry-led consortia on low-carbon vehicle technology. For more information on the Integrated Delivery Programme Competition, download the report.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT Foresight Vehicle is available to assist companies that wish to submit an application for this competition. Foresight Vehicle is the UK‘s prime knowledge transfer network for the automotive industry, involving collaboration between industry, academia and government. SMMT Foresight Vehicle is in the process of building consortia and preparing for potential funding from government and European sources with the emphasis on reducing carbon emissions from road vehicles. Click here for more information. Area 1 provides up to £5 million in funding and its application deadline is 6 August.The criteria are:  ·  Support collaborative proof-of-concept studies that will help accelerate short-term research priorities·  Projects should be a maximum of one year in duration and must be completed by the end of March 2011·  Project will need physically to demonstrate proof-of-concept Applications must be submitted by 6 August for the Technology Strategy Board’s low-carbon vehicle technology competition.  Area 2 provides up to £10 million in funding and its expression of interest deadline is 6 August. The criteria are:·  Support collaborative research and development projects that will help accelerate medium-term research priorities·  Projects are likely to last one to three years·  Project will need to demonstrate that it helps to advance medium-term research priorities with a view to supporting mass market readiness by or before 2016 read more

St Francis beats DIII St Josephs College 10475

NEW YORK — Jalen Jordan shot 7 of 9 from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, and finished with 19 points to help St. Francis beat D-III St. Joseph’s College 104-75 on Monday night.Rosel Hurley had 14 points, Christian Rohlehr added 13 and Glenn Sanabria scored 11 points for St. Francis.Jordan hit a 3-pointer and a jumper to make it 7-0 about two minutes in and the Terriers (5-3) never trailed. Jordan hit another 3 and assisted on a 3-pointer by Chauncey Hawkins to extend the lead to 18-6 with 14:38 left in the half and St. Joseph’s trailed by double figures the rest of the way.St. Francis shot 52.5 per cent from the field, hitting 14 3-pointers, scored 25 points off 17 Bears turnovers and outscored St. Joseph’s 54-22 in the paint.Sebastien Etheart led the Bears with 19 points and nine rebounds.The Associated Press read more

Position battles being decided as spring practice winds down

Urban Meyer must replace 8 starters from the national title team, and while it’s only April, he said Monday that the holes are already being filled.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith spring graduation just around the corner, it’s more than just Ohio State seniors preparing for the next chapter in their life.Buckeye football coach Urban Meyer must replace eight starters from the national title team, and while it’s only April, he said Monday that the holes are already being filled.“A lot of guys get the mentality, ‘Well I’m going to go win the spot in August.’ The spot in August is already done and we’re trying to go win a football game,” Meyer said. “Things happen in August, but that’s not the time to go get the spot.”Among the positions that have been filled, Meyer said redshirt-senior offensive lineman Chase Farris has locked down the right tackle position, “if he continues to progress.”The Buckeyes also have two wide receiver positions to fill after the departures of Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, and Meyer said one particular receiver has caught his eye.“Noah Brown has solidified (a spot). If he just takes care of a little more business in the classroom, then I was going to announce him as one of the starting three or four,” Meyer said.Brown played sparingly as a true freshman, making just one catch for nine yards against Illinois and one carry for a loss of four in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama.Among the others who could be joining Brown, Meyer said redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, junior H-back Dontre Wilson and running back turned H-back Curtis Samuel are players that he expects to make an impact in 2015.On the opposite side of the ball, the Buckeyes must fill the voids left by defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Steve Miller to go along with graduating seniors Doran Grant and Curtis Grant at cornerback and linebacker, respectively.Meyer mentioned three players along the defensive line who are candidates to replace the outgoing seniors, but added two of them are currently battling injuries.“(Senior) Tommy Schutt has got the lead (at defensive tackle). (Redshirt-senior) Joel Hale was right in the middle of that thing, too, before he got hurt,” Meyer said. “(Redshirt-sophomore) defensive end Tyquan (Lewis) has the upper edge. He has also had an injury.”Meyer said Hale sustained a calf tear while Lewis suffered a shoulder injury, adding he expects both to miss about four weeks.But for the healthy players of the group, Meyer said Schutt has stood out.“He’s had a good spring, his best spring since he’s been here. He has cut weight, and has done a very nice job,” Meyer said. “As of right now, him and (senior) Adolphus (Washington) would be starting inside. I am not ready to say (Schutt) is the guy yet.”Meyer said sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt-sophomore cornerback Eli Apple have had a good spring, as likely replacements for Curtis Grant and Doran Grant.But what about the seemingly never-ending OSU quarterback carousel?“I don’t know who our quarterback is going to be,” Meyer said before adding that redshirt-junior Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier will be the two signal-callers who will play in the Spring Game.The annual team exhibition is set for 1:30 on Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

Screw It — Lets Debate Some Hypothetical LeBron Trades

This makes some sense from both sides if you think about it.natesilver: :inhales from vape:kyle: The Cavs add rebounding and passing in the frontcourt and youth in the backcourt.natesilver: :inhales deeply:chris.herring: Wow, Kyle.neil: LOL. I think we’re done here. kyle: This is a real thing, though: Building in a small market is HARD. This is why teams like the Pistons take such big risks just to get a guy like Blake Griffin or why Memphis paid Mike Conley and Marc Gasol knowing the clock was up on that core. Things worked out, eventually, for the Philly teardown, but even those guys, good as they look, are playing .500 ball in the East at the stage Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal were making the finals.If the Cavs parachute out of the LeBron era, they have to be VERY certain that there’s no chance whatsoever this season and that LeBron is very, very likely to leave.chris.herring: I honestly think he’d have to straight-up tell them he’s gone. Anything short of that, and fans will never forgive you. We’re a site that deals in probabilities, but no fan would give a damn about that.natesilver: I mean, I feel like we’re going in circles here. Let’s say the Cavs have a (i) 5 percent to 10 percent chance to win the title this year; (ii) 70 percent chance that LeBron leaves this summer; (iii) a further 70 percent chance that LeBron leaves next summer, even if he’s still here this summer. And let’s say you can get a potential franchise talent — not a Ben Simmons level talent, but say Donovan Mitchell or Ingram — in return.chris.herring: All it would take is LeBron saying 20 years from now that he never wanted to leave, and Dan Gilbert would get threatening letters in droves for a decision that actually seemed wise at the time.neil: That’s the thing with LeBron — he loves to keep his options open.kyle: neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): We are all gathered here because FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver had a very hot NBA trade deadline take that he needed to get out into the world. Nate, what is your idea?natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): I think the Cavaliers should trade LeBron James.🔥neil: Go on …natesilver: I think the Cavaliers are a dumpster fire right now, and their trade options aren’t very attractive because their second- and third-best players are at the bottom of their market value (because of an injury in Kevin Love’s case). And I think it’s too risky to trade Brooklyn’s No. 1 pick when there’s a good chance that LeBron leaves anyway this summer. So it’s maybe their least-worst option.kyle (Kyle Wagner, senior editor): Disagree, vehemently, but also I have a muscle emoji trade proposal for if they do, so willing to hear this out.natesilver: I’m assuming they can get something pretty good, though.chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): Funny thing is, I think Love’s value would have been pretty decent now had it not been for his injury.neil: So this notion implicitly assumes that the Cavs have no chance this year and should just wave the white flag on the season. Is that fair for a LeBron-led team that has won the East three years running, even given how bad they look right now?chris.herring: But this dumpster fire does feel fundamentally different from the past midseason lulls.natesilver: Just to set a fairly low bar here … what if the Cavs could get Brandon Ingram + Lonzo Ball + an unprotected No. 1 from the Lakers. (Plus a bunch of crap to make the salaries work.) They’d definitely be smart to do that, right? (Assuming that LeBron telegraphs that he’ll sign in LA long term, which is part of the Lakers’ calculus.)chris.herring: I guess it comes down to this: Yes, it would be devastating and perhaps crippling to lose the guy for nothing. At the same time, don’t you have to be 100 percent sure that he wouldn’t come back before you deal him?(It’s also worth mentioning here that he has a no-trade clause. So they couldn’t just deal him away without talking with him first.)natesilver: kyle: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOneil: LOLchris.herring: 😒 😒😒😒😒😒😒natesilver: It’s basically the Arizona Wranglers-Chicago Blitz franchise swap option.chris.herring: I will say this: We don’t exactly know how Gordon Hayward comes back. And he hasn’t shown to be someone you can run your offense through. It grinded my gears last year that Iso Joe Johnson was Utah’s end-of-game shot taker.neil: I just wanna see the look on Kyrie Irving’s face when that is announced.chris.herring: Exactly! Kyrie would throw a hissy fit if that happened. He just ran away from that situation. So you can’t deal for a guy that would put him in that scenario all over again.natesilver: You can also include a Al Horford-for-Love swap if you want as part of it — the salaries work out.neil: Even better!But, seriously, I’m curious — does the destination in-season have to be the team LeBron would be interested in re-signing with? How would the return package change between a team that thinks it can hang onto LeBron past 2018 and a team for whom he’s just a five-month rental?natesilver: I guess I’m thinking back to the Carmelo Anthony precedent — where a team would pay a lot to “lock him in.” Maybe a big premium over fair market price.chris.herring: Kind of like the Rockets just did with Chris Paul, before he hit free agency?kyle: OK, here’s an actual (and still idiotic) idea: If Cleveland is going to trade for a Boston guard, it should target Marcus Smart. Cleveland’s defense is awful. Marcus is a one-man defense. Boston very likely can’t pay Marcus this summer. Given Cleveland’s needs, Smart makes as much sense as a microwave scoring option to replace Kyrie one-to-one. It’s just much harder to justify spending assets on him to your fans and owner.natesilver: But Cleveland doesn’t really have needs anymore if they trade LeBron, right?Or at least, not short-term needs?kyle: If Cleveland trades LeBron, its short-term needs include riot gear and tarps for the 300-level.chris.herring: LOLneil: What’s incredible is that even after all of their struggles, the Cavs are still quite likely to make the playoffs. So basically this would have them limp into the postseason as a hollowed-out zombie version of a team, while some other team actually trying will miss the playoffs.natesilver: natesilver: Wait, what is happening? I can’t even process it with all those colors.kyle: The Lakers would win 25 games. That’s … not terrible, right?kyle: I don’t think the Bucks make sense at all, tbh. There’s a ton of duplication of skills with Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Giannis isn’t developed the way Dwyane Wade was in 2010 to play next to LeBron as a non-shooter.natesilver: But they’re getting 2018 Wade in the deal! Return to Milwaukee!I agree that they have overlapping-ish skill sets (which is a very, very nice thing to say about Giannis). But if the Bucks already had LeBron and you could clone him — well, you’d give up Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton and Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova for that, wouldn’t you?kyle: That’s the same reason the 76ers don’t really work. Joel Embiid is an amazing fit, but Ben Simmons not being able to shoot past the length of his arm is a tough, tough sell. Look at the players who have thrived next to LeBron — aside from Wade, who turned into a killer off-ball cutter and could always get to the rack, there isn’t really another guy who thrived with James without an outside shot. LeBron teams just run the LeBron offense, and a star like Giannis or Simmons doesn’t really fit that mold.In a way, the Bucks would be better off keeping Jabari and Middleton in that deal and finding another way to get value for Giannis.natesilver: Are you ready to get trolled? Here’s my next idea.chris.herring: LOL. Nate’s next idea must be a doozynatesilver: According to our projections, the Cavs have a 16 percent chance of reaching the finals again and a 5 percent chance of winning the title. And that’s with giving them a huge post-season bonus that assumes they’ll be a much better team in April than they are now.kyle: The reason the Cavs shouldn’t trade LeBron is pretty simple to me: certainty. They are trash right now, but we do expect at least some elevation come playoff time, just given recent history. But if you can make two assumptions, it’s crazy to trade him:Assumption 1: The Cavs are still a lock or a heavy favorite to advance out of the East. This is not a certainty! But I’m still having a very, very hard time taking Boston and Toronto at face value.Assumption 2: If a star Warrior is injured, the Cavs, as currently constructed, can beat that team, or at least be competitive.Assumption 1 gives you certainty: For the same reason that teams’ championship odds go WAY up once they advance a round and the other teams in the pool are still locking up their series, being chalk for the finals gives the Cavs a huge edge — if we think that’s still true.Assumption 2 is more important, though: If we think it’s true, it means their win-condition has not meaningfully changed. The Cavs were never going to compete with a full-strength Warriors team. They may have thought they were, but given the state of their roster and the state of Golden State’s, it was not going to happen. They always needed something to go sideways. In other words, this is still the best chance the Cavs will have at a title, and those chances maybe aren’t as diminished from earlier this season, or last season, as it seems.natesilver: (If you use a system like Basketball Power Index that doesn’t include a playoff boost, the Cavs’ odds of winning the title are … 0.2%).kyle: That said, they should definitely try to trade LeBron for Kawhi Leonard and see what happens.neil: Yes!natesilver: But what are the chances that Isaiah Thomas isn’t still complete trash by the playoffs?Or maybe that’s setting a low bar — but that he’s an above-average point guard (meaning very good offensively given his defensive liabilities).kyle: Low! But that doesn’t change the premise here. The question isn’t how much better the Cavs can get here; it’s whether improving this last-gasp roster with LeBron, who may leave this summer, is the best shot Cleveland has at a title. The alternative is tearing it all down and playing the lottery game, but that isn’t anything close to a guarantee at a roster that can mount even an empty challenge for the title.We’ve seen what rebuilding without LeBron looks like in Cleveland.natesilver: I guess I’m just assuming that he’s more likely than not to leave and that if he stays, he might only stay for a year.neil: What do you think those odds are, Nate, if you had to put a number on it?natesilver: I think there’s a … 70 percent chance that he leaves? I dunno. I’m not Woj. I just think there are other places where he’d be more likely to win a title and that he doesn’t have a lot to prove in Cleveland.kyle: I get that, but my argument here is that one playoff run with LeBron is worth several years of potential value, because certainty is very hard to come by and LeBron is as close to a sure thing as we’ve had. So if you can flip the Nets pick and Isaiah for, say, Kemba Walker, you should max out in your window. The bill will come due, but I think it’s reasonable to max out when you think you’ve got a shot, even a faint one.(FWIW, Woj-types believe Cleveland won’t trade the pick before the deadline.)neil: Yeah, a lot of it depends on what we think the Cavs’ odds of winning this season are as currently constructed in addition to the odds that LeBron would return to Cleveland (which could happen!), versus the chance that they’d be able to build a team as close to contending as this one using the Brooklyn pick plus whatever assets they get in a LeBron trade.Which I think is what you’re getting at, Kyle.natesilver: I think our odds showing them with only a 16 percent chance of winning the East are too low. But they’re really dysfunctional right now, they have a lot of work to do just get functional, they’re probably going to have to win a couple of road series just to make the finals … and then they’re going to have to beat the Warriors, or maybe the Rockets.kyle: Anyway, back to my Kawhi trade. LeBron and Pop! LeBron could make a pairing with LaMarcus Aldridge work! Remember that no-look Hammer pass that LeBron claimed he was the the only person in the world capable of throwing but actually Boris Diaw threw for the Spurs for years and years? Run that back!!!Also not for nothing, but Boris was a useful player in the league very recently, and he was essentially Washed-Up LeBron. I’m pretty sure LeBron could be 2015 Boris at age 60.natesilver: Why would San Antonio do that, though?chris.herring: There’s a part of me that wants Bron to play out the rest of the season as a Cav and then just maneuver a way to San Antonio or Houston.kyle: So LeBron’s no-trade clause makes all of this very academic. But in the timeline in which this happens, it would be backchanneled that he’d stick around a while. And IF the rift between Kawhi and the front office is real and IF Kawhi’s mysterious leg injury persists … Pop still tells Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to eat dirt, but it would be fun.And in theory, it would get him down there under the cap.chris.herring: I don’t think he would truly elevate anyone to championship level this year, aside from maybe Boston. The gap is too wide between the Warriors, the Rockets and everyone else.neil: And that factor is a big part of any LeBron trade — since he has the no-trade clause, as you mentioned, Chris, he basically gets to choose what situation would be best for winning over the rest of this season.natesilver: Here’s another idea that I stole from some Bucks blog I was reading: (Edit: Actually, here.)natesilver: This is the kind of thing that all parties might be able to get behind IF they all admit this season is a wash.natesilver: Yeah, if LeBron went to the Lakers this year, part of the idea might be that he’d get to take the playoffs off or maybe even end his regular season early (unless they won like six in a row or something).kyle: It clears the decks for LeBron in LA salary-wise, moves one but not all of the young talent, and slots in LeBron with Lonzo, Kyle Kuzma, a possible Julius Randle re-signing (haven’t done that exact math) and another free agent.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): Jumping in late here, but if we’re doing Lakers trades, I’m just going to leave this here. TEAM BANANA BOAT!tchow: The NBA trade deadline is Thursday afternoon, so we assembled FiveThirtyEight’s resident basketball writers — plus editor-in-chief/trade machine troll Nate Silver — to bandy about some, um, creative trade ideas for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sure, James says he won’t waive his no-trade clause. (He says a lot of things.) But if LeBron somehow does assent to a deal, should the Cavs think about trading him? The transcript below has been lightly edited. read more

Onearmed cyclist fined for riding bike with one arm

first_imgWe only hope something like this never happens again.The city’s police chief Wolfgang Albers is also set to apologise personally to him.Speaking to the newspaper, Bogdan said he’s happy that the case has come to a conclusion after weighing on him for weeks and his belief that he had been discriminated against.It’s great news, I’m really happy. It’s good that this is how it ends.Police dashboard camera captures meteor fireball over a motorway>Woman gives birth outside Primark store in Birmingham> GERMAN POLICE HAVE apologised to a cyclist after they pulled him over for cycling his bike using his only hand. Source: Henning Kaiser AFPBogdan Ionescu was cycling through Cologne when he was pulled over by an officer for riding dangerously. When the officer noticed Ionescu’s missing arm, he fined him €25 for customising his bike to work on a single lever, as under German road safety rules, bicycles must have two handlebar brakes.However, after reports in local Cologne media, German police retracted the fine and issued an apology. Newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger even discovered that the bike was perfectly legal and roadworthy, even with the modifications.Despite the offer of a refund, the police initially only offered him €5, with the other €20 allegedly taken for a faulty light.Ionescu said he could prove this was nonsense, and he was cycling that day, March 25, with both lights fully functioning.Finally, police told Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger yesterday that they had offered a full refund an apology to Ionescu after confirming that the bike was completely roadworthy. A spokesperson said:last_img read more

HTC starts offering bootloader unlock outside the US

first_imgBack in May HTC announced that it would no longer be locking the bootloader that shipped on its Android handsets. Develoeprs and enthusiasts rejoiced and then set about waiting patiently for the actual unlock tool to become available for existing HTC smartphones.Jump to the beginning of August and HTC gave us some more details. The company would release a tool to unlock the bootloader, but you sacrifice your remaining warranty period to use it. That also meant gaining access to it would be handled through the web where you have to agree to these new terms and conditions before access is granted.Today is the day that web-based unlock becomes available. In order to access it you have to visit the HTC developer website and create an account. Doing so gains you access to what are thought to be very detailed instructions you need to follow closely so as not to brick your device.That’s the good news out of the way. The bad news is this isn’t available in the U.S. yet, and only works with the international (European) version of the Sensation, with other handsets support to follow. It is coming to the U.S., specifically for the Sensation and EVO 3D, but frustratingly HTC isn’t setting a date as to when it will arrive.The advice from HTC is not to attempt this unlocking procedure unless you are technically confident with Android. The company also warns that doing the unlock incorrectly may mean your handset require repair before you can use it again.Based on this diagram it looks to be a pretty simple procedure. You use the Android SDK to run a command and get your device’s ID token. This is then sent to HTC via your PC where a key is generated and sent back to the user where it is used to unlock the device.Lets hope it really is that simple and an error free process for anyone that attempts to use it.via TechCrunch and This is my nextlast_img read more

Google announces search by handwriting on iOS and Android

first_imgWhen it comes to smartphones and tablets, there’s a fairly constant argument in regards to whether or not we need a stylus in our day-to-day lives anymore. Inevitably, the conversation shifts to handwriting recognition software. Back in the days of the Palm Pilot, handwriting recognition software was a constant effort, something you learned and used every day if you had one of those devices. Somewhere along the way we lost handwriting recognition in exchange for smarter keyboards that have slowly gotten better and better and guessing what we are typing. Today Google has taken us back to scribbling with our fingers be releasing Handwrite for Google search.All you need to do in order to enable Handwrite is open you browser. And Android or iOS device can just go to Google.com and access your search settings. Google warns that this feature currently works best on the native Android browser on Android 2.3+ phones, Android 4.0+ tablets, and iOS 5+ phones and tablets. I also found that it worked great on Chrome for Android.From the search settings you will see Handwrite, and an option to enable the service. Once you have enabled the service, save you settings and you’ll be redirected to the Google search page, where the new Handwrite icon will now be at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.To use Handwrite, just tap the icon and start writing with your finger, anywhere on the screen. Your finger will be followed immediately with a blue line that disappears as soon as you stop writing. Very quickly, Google will determine what it is you just wrote, and transfer that information to the search box.In testing, I found that Handwrite recognized samples of both my terrible cursive and terrible print handwriting, and I found it to be remarkably accurate. Once the search field starts populating, Google search behaves like it normally does and tries to guess what you are looking for.via Google’s official bloglast_img read more