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Why Jeakson didn’t play against USA

first_imgU17 World Cup Jeakson Singh – Why he didn’t start the game against USMNT in U17 World Cup Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 08:23 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jackson Singh Thounaojam India U17 Anselm Noronha/Goal U17 World Cup India U17 v Colombia U17 India U17 Colombia U17 The Indian midfielder has etched his name in history books but not many are aware as to why he didn’t play in the game against USA… Jeakson Singh is a name on every football fans’ lips right now. The reason being the fantastic header where he timed his jump to perfection to meet a flag-kick by Sanjeev Stalin against Colombia in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.He is India’s first ever goal scorer in a FIFA event. And it wasn’t just about the goal. The manner in which he nullified Yadir Meneses of Colombia, who was billed as the next James Rodriguez, was outstanding.However, being an integral part of Luis Norton de Matos’s side since he made the cut for the India Under-17 team, the pertinent question was why the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) cadet was not included in the first eleven in India’s Group A fixture against USMNT? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. India U17 nike jerseyThe trust Norton and Abhishek Yadav, the India U17 Chief Operating Officer (COO), had in him was visible when he was the main player in one of the photoshoots for a kit sponsor despite being one of the late entrants into the team.Just like Namit Deshpande was excluded against USMNT due to a knock in the left knee he suffered in Bengaluru, Jeakson was down with dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, almost a month back. GFX Jeakson Singh India U17For those unaware, dengue comes with a high fever, muscle, bone and pain joints, severe headache, loss of appetite, swollen glands and more.The Manipur midfielder was on the road to recovery, which took approximately three weeks. In fact in the last practice game in Goa against Mauritius which India won 3-0 on September 21, Jeakson wasn’t even on the bench. He was undergoing a recovery session with Russell Pinto, the team’s physiotherapist.Norton knew that he would need the services of Jeakson for the games against Colombia and Ghana, who are physically stronger sides as opposed to USMNT. The Portuguese coach didn’t wish to risk the midfielder and afforded another couple of days to the player to complete his recovery.  Norton and Yadav deserve credit for backing a player down with dengue less than a month back to be a part of the India Under-17 squad and the trust has been paid off.last_img read more

BVB still counting on Arsenal target Aubameyang

first_imgTransfers Arsenal target Aubameyang backed to perform for Dortmund against Freiburg Joe Wright 07:52 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) pierre-emerick aubameyang - cropped Bongarts Transfers Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund v Freiburg Freiburg Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Premier League The Gabon striker is poised to face Freiburg despite confusion over whether he will join the Gunners Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to feature for Borussia Dortmund against Freiburg on Saturday despite talks over a possible move to Arsenal.The striker has been tipped to join the Gunners before the end of the transfer window as they seek to bolster their squad following Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United.Manager Arsene Wenger has claimed a deal is “not close”, however, with reports suggesting Dortmund are holding out for at least a €60 million bid from the Premier League side. 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 Although his future remains unclear, head coach Peter Stoger has been delighted with Aubameyang’s efforts in training and is prepared to bring him back into the side after he missed their last two Bundesliga matches.”It comes down to what I’ve said in recent days,” Stoger told the club’s official website. “If Auba trained well all week, if he is clear and focused, then he is indispensable to our squad.”Auba has had a very good, very focused and professional week of training behind him and has always given the impression he wants to give everything against Freiburg for BVB.”Because that’s the case, we would like to use his quality, of course.”last_img read more

18 days agoProdl thankful for Watford return after falling out with Gracia

first_imgProdl thankful for Watford return after falling out with Graciaby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSebastian Prodl has expressed his gratitude after making his Watford return. The Austrian started his first Premier League game since April 2018 in Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United.”It felt good personally, I’m blessed and glad to be back in competition at Watford,” he said.”I suffered a lot the last couple of months, with injury, with comebacks, also with being out of favour, I have to admit it.”I put on my goals that I want to be back for Watford in the Premier League, especially in this very very weird and difficult situation, get back with my experience to help the team out with clean sheets, working hard and putting that work load in.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Sea Freight Keeping Logistics Situation Index Afloat

first_imgzoom The Stifel Logistics Situation Index showed an easing in demand in August, resulting in a decline of 1.8 points to a mark of 51.3. However, the current situation in sea freight saw gains over July’s score, and was significant in arresting the pace of decline, providing a bright spot in a month that paints a concerning picture overall, according to analysts at the advisory firm Transport Intelligence.A 0.5 point rise in the Logistics Situation Index for sea freight provided a positive note in August as three of the four lanes examined recorded growth, Transport Intelligence said.Leading the way was the Asia to Europe lane which rose 3.4 points to 56.4. There were similarly positive signs on the U.S. to Europe lane which gained 3.0 points, but at 47.8 conditions undoubtedly remain challenging.The Europe to Asia lane added 0.9 points to reach 51.0 and a second consecutive month above the neutral 50 mark.Weighing heavily on the present situation, however, was the Europe to U.S. lane which declined sharply, falling 5.4 points to 48.5 and indicating a contraction for the first time since March 2014.The strength of the U.S. dollar saw exports from North Europe to North America grow by 8.4% over the first five months of 2015, but significant capacity increases on the lane during that period are threatening to outstrip demand.August’s familiar pattern of across the board declines returned in the Logistics Expectation Index for sea freight as 2.7 points were lost and a score of 56.4 recorded.Overcapacity on the Europe to U.S. lane appears to be a concern over the remaining months of 2015 as a fall of 3.4 points saw the index for the lane decline to 58.1.Following a fall of 3.3 points, the Asia to Europe lane also saw a score of 58.1 recorded for August. The U.S. to Europe lane fell 3.0 points to 51.1 points, while a fall of 1.1 points meant the Europe to Asia lane finished August at 57.8.last_img read more

Russian state hackers using IoT devices to breach networks

first_imgSan Francisco: Hackers belonging to Russia’s elite state-sponsored hacking groups have been using printers, video decoders and other so-called Internet-of-Thing (IoT) devices as a way to breach corporate networks, Microsoft officials have warned. Researchers at the tech giant uncovered the attacks in April when a voice-over-IP phone, an office printer and a video decoder in multiple customer locations were communicating with servers belonging to STRONTIUM — a Russian government hacking group better known as Fancy Bear or APT28. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “These devices became points of ingress from which the actor established a presence on the network and continued looking for further access. “Once the actor had successfully established access to the network, a simple network scan to look for other insecure devices allowed them to discover and move across the network in search of higher-privileged accounts that would grant access to higher-value data,” officials with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center wrote in a blog post on Monday. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Several sources estimate that by the year 2020, some 50 billion IoT devices will be deployed worldwide. IoT devices are purposefully designed to connect to a network and many are simply connected to the Internet with little management or oversight. “Over the last 12 months, Microsoft has delivered nearly 1,400 nation-state notifications to those who have been targeted or compromised by STRONTIUM. One in five notifications of STRONTIUM activity were tied to attacks against non-governmental organisations, think tanks, or politically affiliated organisations around the world,” the Microsoft researchers added. The remaining 80 per cent of STRONTIUM attacks have targeted organisations in the government, IT, military, defence, medicine, education and engineering.last_img read more

Buffer Zone defined for DHR in crucial meeting between Railways and UNESCO

first_imgDarjeeling: “There is no threat to the heritage status accorded to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways,” stated Sanjiv Rai, General Manager, North-east Frontier Railways, while talking to media persons following a two-day meeting with the UNESCO representatives in Darjeeling. The UNESCO representatives dubbed the meeting as a landmark one and added that it agreed on defining and agreeing on a buffer zone that is one of the most important components of conserving the world heritage railway. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “It was a very fruitful meeting. Though the DHR has been enjoying the world heritage tag for the past 20 years, the boundary of the heritage had not been defined and hence protecting it was a challenging task. In this landmark meeting, the Railways agreed to the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) team’s proposal of creating a buffer zone. The boundary discussion ended fruitfully in this meeting. The other stakeholders have to be proactive in the conservation and protection of this world heritage also. All the stakeholders including the local community need to come together for this,” stated Junhi Han, Chief, Culture Department and Programme Specialist, UNESCO, New Delhi. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway She appealed to all the stakeholders including the state government, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, the municipality, Forest department and the PWD to come together for this noble task. Commenting on the issue of land encroachment along the tracks, Junhi Han said: “There is no quick solution to this as people’s lives are involved. There has to be a long term plan which should involve the other stakeholders. However, it has to be ensured that no further encroachment takes place,” she remarked. She also stated that the Indian Railways is committed and open to understanding that this industrial heritage also includes the old buildings like staff quarters, printing press and workshops. “They accepted this and even assured us that redundant components could be transformed into museums and community centres,” stated Han. Echoing similar sentiments, Ravinder Kumar Verma, Divisional Railway Manager, Katihar Division, maintained: “Heritage is not the track alone. The Hill Cart Road on which the DHR runs is also part of the heritage. The buffer zone will maintain the scenic beauty along the route. Any construction in the buffer zone has to confirm with the heritage nature. Other stakeholders will have to see this. We will also take up the matter of encroachment with the state and the local authorities.” Regarding work on the DHR, Verma stated that the revamped Ghayabari and Sonda stations will become operational before the end of this month. “20 to 25 new coaches will be introduced soon. 20 km of sleepers will be changed.” Adding to this, the GM stated: “The joy ride services of the DHR has witnessed a surge of 50% passengers than previous years. Vistadome coaches have been introduced along with AC coaches.” In 1879, work first started on the DHR, then called the Darjeeling Steam Tramways. DHR was titled as a world heritage site by UNESCO on December 2, 1999.last_img read more

Thieves break into ATM with gas cutter in South Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A gang of unidentified thieves cleared an unguarded ATM in South Delhi’s Maidan Garhi area and fled away with the money.The robbers cut open the machine with a gas cutter before fleeing with the cash. Police have registered a case in this regard and investigation is going on. According to police, the incident came to light on 7.30 am on Sunday when they were alerted by a person regarding the robbery at the ATM. The police team reached the spot which was in Asola area of South Delhi. They found that ATM was opened and the CCTV was painted black. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The accused spray painted the CCTV camera to blind it and then using a gas cutter broke open the machine and removed the cash,” police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Atul Thakur, elaborating more about the incident, stated that at the time of the incident, there was no guard present at the ATM. They have registered a case in this regard. Reports were coming that the accused fled with more than three lakh rupees. “We are yet to ascertain about the robbed money as the company has not informed us,” added DCP Thakur. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAdding further, DCP South Delhi stated that they are scanning the CCTV cameras of the area to get clues regarding the incident. It seems that the gang may have performed a recce of the area around the machine before targeting it. It is being suspected that no customer came to withdraw money at the time, especially because it was late in the night and the shutter might have been downed by the gang. “The investigation is going from several angles,” said an officer, privy to the investigation. Senior officials inspected the spot and a team has been formed to nab the accused. “We have questioned a few people. Soon the case will be cracked,” police said.last_img read more

Canada was hoping to train Afghan security forces in Russia US diplomatic

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Conservative government was exploring ways to have Canadian military trainers work with Afghan security forces in Russia as part of a wider plan to significantly downgrade Canadian involvement in Afghanistan and shift focus to the rebuilding of Haiti, according to “confidential” U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by APTN National News.The cables show that in early 2010 U.S. officials expected the Stephen Harper government to basically end Canada’s Afghanistan mission by the end of 2011.This past November, however, the Conservative government announced that about 950 Canadian troops would remain in Afghanistan until 2014 as part of a training mission. The training mission is expected to cost about $700 million a year.APTN National News obtained hundreds of secret and confidential U.S. diplomatic cables from whistleblower website WikiLeaks.CBC-Radio Canada also obtained the same batch of cables.WikiLeaks also recently released a large number of unclassified diplomatic cables on its website from the U.S. embassy and consulates across Canada.Steven Staples, of the Rideau Institute think-tank, said these latest cables show the “dramatic a shift in position” Harper took when the government decided to stay on in Afghanistan as part of the training mission.“The U.S. had every expectation that there would be only some financial assistance and a soldier guarding the Canadian embassy,” said Staples.U.S. officials were preparing for Canada to not only withdraw most of its troops from Afghanistan, but also scale back its financial assistance to the country, according to the diplomatic cables.One of the cables said that the Harper cabinet considered three options on the future of Canada’s role in the Afghan mission. The options were described as “small, medium, and large” roles. The cable said cabinet chose the “small role” as its preferred option.U.S. officials were also told Canada wanted to focus its efforts to improving the porous Afghan-Pakistan border which allows Taliban militants to cross back and forth with ease.“Canada will not only end its military mission in Afghanistan in 2011 but will likely significantly scale back its assistance after 2011 and offer only relatively modest contributions to Afghan Trust Funds. A top priority is likely to be the Afghan-Pakistan border programs,” said the cable, dated Feb. 18, 2010. “With growing concerns over budget deficits … Canadian leaders will be loathe to make any new generous commitments for Afghanistan in what is already an unpopular cause within Canada.”The cable said the trust funds included assistance for the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National Police and the Reconciliation fund.U.S. officials were told Canada wanted to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, except for whatever was needed to provide security at the Canadian embassy in Kabul.The Canadian government didn’t even want military trainers to remain in Afghanistan and was hoping to find a way to train Afghan forces in a third country, the cables show.One of the cables is based on a conversation between U.S. officials from the Ottawa embassy and Regan Watts, a senior policy adviser to former foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon.“Watts promised to explore the option of providing trainers for the Afghan National Security Forces, but wondered about whether it might be possible to offer such training after 2011 in a third country, i.e. Russia,” said the cable.Canada has since committed to keeping soldiers in Afghanistan as part of the training mission.Defence Minister Peter MacKay said earlier this year that Canada had no plans to remain in Kandahar after the end of the year, but that officials were exploring training options in less volatile parts of the country.In April, the Canadian military said most of its trainers and support troops would be stationed in Kabul and a few would be sent to Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif, The Canadian Press reported.The same cable also notes that Canada wanted to make Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake last year, its top foreign policy priority, instead of Afghanistan.“Watts also noted that Canadian officials increasingly viewed Haiti as overtaking Afghanistan as its main foreign policy priority (after relations with the U.S.),” the cable said. “And its major assistance recipient, especially in light of post-earthquake rehabilitation. Haiti is currently the second largest recipient of Canadian aid.”Staples said the focus on Haiti may have been more productive in the end.“One has to wonder about opportunity costs of the Afghanistan extension,” said Staples. “Would we be doing more in Haiti today had we not taken on the new Afghan military mission?”Staples said the Liberals played a key role in the government’s ultimate decision to stay in Afghanistan.“The Liberals can either take the credit or accept the blame for the extension of the Afghanistan military mission,” he said. “Had they not applied public pressure on the government, it appears that Canadian troops would all be returning to Canada this summer. Instead, hundreds will be involved in dangerous training missions throughout Afghanistan.”U.S. officials at the time, however, weren’t thinking about the Liberals, but hoping a Conservative majority government would lead to a sharp change in Canada’s Afghanistan plans, the cables show.“Absent a federal election in which the Conservatives win an actual majority, a significant and positive change in the conditions on the ground in Afghanistan, and/or a formal U.S./NATO request for Canada to remain post-2011 in some military capacity, the likelihood at present is that Canada will withdraw on schedule as gracefully as possible,” said one of the cables, dated Jan. 4, 2010. “Some Conservatives as well as defense officials and media commentaries have already begun to express concern that the Canadian military pullout will diminish whatever special attention and consideration Canada has received from the U.S. and NATO as a result of its sacrifices in Kandahar.”jbarrera@aptn.caThe CablesDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, 24KB)last_img read more

Kinder Morgan suspends work on Trans Mountain pipeline amid BC opposition

first_img— with files from the Canadian Press APTN NewsAs hundreds of opponents of the Trans Mountain Pipeline celebrate the company’s decision to halt non-essential work on the project, Kinder Morgan’s CEO says he is open to discussing an investment in its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by the Alberta government if there’s clear assurance that the project can actually be completed.Kinder Morgan has set a May 31 deadline for talks with “various stakeholders” to reach an agreement that could allow the project to proceed. Shares in the company fell as much as 15 per cent but regained some of the losses and were down about eight per cent in mid-afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.CEO Steve Kean said on a conference call Monday that he’s open to Notley’s suggestion, but there needs to be a clear political signal that there won’t be additional delays to the project.“There’s no magic formulation that’s been articulated by anyone, to us. This is what we’ll be devoting some attention to in the coming weeks,” Kean said.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley suggested Sunday the province could invest in the project to ensure it goes forward after the company said it has suspended all non-essential activities and related spending on the pipeline expansion that would carry Alberta bitumen to an export terminal near Vancouver.Kinder Morgan said it will consult with “various stakeholders” to try and reach an agreement by May 31 that might allow the project to proceed.The move will be seen as a blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has insisted that the pipeline would be built, despite the angry protests and the B.C. government’s continued battle against the project in the courts.The expansion, which would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C., was approved by the federal government in 2016.Kinder Morgan has spent about $1.1 billion on the $7.4-billion project so far.British Columbia Premier John Horgan is pursuing a reference case in the courts to determine if his government can control the shipment of oil through the province on environmental grounds.The federal government put pressure on B.C. Premier John Horgan to back away from his opposition to the project, with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr describing it as “crucial” to expanding Canada’s export markets for its natural resources while creating thousands of jobs.“The government of Canada calls on Premier Horgan and the B.C. government to end all threats of delay to the Trans Mountain expansion,” Carr said in a news release. “His government’s actions stand to harm the entire Canadian economy.”Carr said under Canadian law, Ottawa has the jurisdiction to approve the project.“We are determined to find a solution,” he added. “With all our partners, we continue to consider all available options. As our prime minister has said, this pipeline will be built.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that it is possible to balance the interests of both the economy and the environment in pushing for the pipeline’s expansion.“We have to make sure that the balance is right, that we’re still globally competitive – and competitiveness is something this government will always focus on – but we also shouldn’t be part of a race to the bottom of trying to cut standards and pollute more just for the short term,” said Trudeau who is on a tour of Northern Alberta.Opponents of the project are still holding camp outside the company’s Burnaby Terminal and say they are not going anywhere until the project is cancelled.last_img read more

OCP Policy Center Holds Seminar on Migration in Rabat

-By Josh BabbThe seminar, titled, “Migration: Reconciling Visions of North and South” will be held in Rabat on Friday, November 2.The OCP Policy Center will host the seminar in cooperation with the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMED) and the Ministry in charge of Moroccans Residing Abroad and Migration Affairs. The seminar will cover intra-African migration, removing barriers to labor mobility, long-term solutions to the root causes of migration, and reconciling security concerns with respect for human rights.Attendees of the conference include think tanks and policy analysts from across the Mediterranean and Africa joining experts in Moroccan migration policy.The seminar comes ahead of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, set to be signed by members of the UN General Assembly in Marrakech on December 12. OCP will issue a policy report at the conclusion of the seminar for the UN conference.The meeting in Marrakech next month comes as the EU seeks to develop further cooperation with Morocco and Mauritania to curb irregular migration attempts along the Western Mediterranean route.Earlier this month Morocco’s Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi reiterated the country’s refusal to house reception centers for migrants to the EU. He stated that it is just a stop-gap measure, adding “We need a long-term solution and not an immediate economic solution.” read more

Accident kills two in Eravur

Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) The police said that a 32 year old man and a 25 year old man were killed in the accident.The driver of the lorry had fled after the accident, the police media unit said. A motorbike crashed into a lorry while overtaking another vehicle in Eravur last night killing both people on the motorbike, the police media unit said today.The police said that the motorbike had attempted to overtake a tractor in Mailambavali and crashed into the lorry coming on the opposite direction.

Kentucky governor says teen climate activist illinformed

Thunberg told world leaders that “we are in the beginning of a mass extinction .”Bevin said the U.S. shouldn’t rush into replacing fossil fuels like coal and natural gas with renewable energy. He said activists like Thunberg lack historical and global perspective and have grown up in a world where electricity is affordable and on-demand. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin touted the reliability of fossil fuels and called teen climate activist Greta Thunberg “remarkably ill-informed” during a conference on energy.Bevin was asked about the 16-year-old Swedish activist after he gave a keynote address at the annual meeting of the Southern States Energy Board in Louisville. Bevin said Thunberg was articulate and “very passionate, and she’s remarkably ill-informed,” a day after the teen gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations urging action on climate change.- Advertisement – read more

UK man convicted of child rape also forced his son to abuse

first_imgA 55-YEAR-OLD UK man has been convicted of sexually abusing five young girls aged between six and eleven over the course of sixteen years.David Brennan (55) was today convicted of sixteen separate offences with his son Sam Brennan (22) also convicted of four offences in connection with the abuse of one of the girls.The investigation into both London men was carried out by officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command (SOECA) unit of the Metropolitan Police.The father was first arrested last November in connection with the rape of one girl that had taken place on numerous occasions over a four year period, when she was aged between six and ten.Twelve days later,he was further arrested on suspicion of indecency towards another girl, which she stated had occurred over five years, when she was aged between seven and eleven.During the course of his arrest, a number of hand written notes were found in his possession which he had entitled ‘My Life Story or Confession’. In this document Brennan confessed to engaging in a variety of sexual activities with three other girls, all of whom were under the age of 11-years-old.When the investigating officers spoke with one of the children, she alleged that Brennan had forced his own son, who was then under 14-years-old, to pin her to a bed whilst he had raped her. As a result of this information, on Sam Brennan was arrested at his home address in January of this year.As their investigation continued, two further women became known to the police, both of whom alleged that David Brennan had sexually abused them between the ages of ten and twelve.Prior to the start of the trial, David Brennan pleaded guilty to seven charges of possessing over six thousand indecent images of children, along with nine counts of sexual abuse in relation to three of the victims. He  also pleaded guilty to a further three charges during the course of the trial.DC Tom Coling, one of the investigating officers in the case, said today that no additional information on the abuse will be released on the circumstances of the abuse to protect the victims but he did take the oportunity to commend the women who came forward and lead to the convictions:Their strength and resilience has not only resulted in the successful prosecution of a serial paedophile, but I hope…It is a point truly worthy of note that this investigation would never have come to light were it not for the actions of just one person, who after a decade of attempting to live with the abuse that she had suffered, found the strength to report it to the police.David and Sam Brennan are due to be sentence at Woolwich Crown Court on 7 February 2014.last_img read more

Apple admits leaving EPEAT was a mistake

first_imgA few days ago it came to light that Apple had withdrawn all its products from the EPEAT environmental ratings. Displaying the EPEAT rating on an electronics product guarantees it has passed a number of criteria that makes it recycle-friendly.By no longer using EPEAT, Apple was sending out a signal that design came above environmentally friendliness, and upset a lot of its customer base in the process. The reaction to that decision must have been pretty strong as Apple has now changed its mind and put all its eligible products back on EPEAT.A letter written by Bob Mansfield, senior vice president of hardware engineering, has gone up on the Apple website. In the letter he admits leaving EPEAT was a mistake and reaffirms the company’s commitment to the environment.Not one to miss a marketing opportunity, Mansfield also points out Apple already makes the most energy-efficient computers on the market, have minimized their use of harmful chemicals, and exceed the Energy Star 5.2 rating.What this really shows is how much Apple values customer feedback even if it is one of the richest companies in the world now. If there’s something about Apple products you don’t like, be sure to let them know as they might just do something about it.What this decision doesn’t explain is how products like the MacBook Pro Retina Display will perform in future EPEAT testing. The amount of adhesive used to hold components in place, and the way the display is constructed, don’t exactly make it an easy product for recyclers to handle.Read more at Applelast_img read more

Battle Ground students thrilled to receive Chromebooks

first_imgIt was like textbook check-out day at Pleasant Valley Middle School on Thursday, but this time with a modern twist.One by one at the school library, students checked out their very own Chromebook laptops, stripped-down computers that use Google operating systems and software. The school’s 149 seventh-graders are among the first in Battle Ground Public Schools to pilot the district’s Chromebook rollout.Seventh-graders at Amboy Middle School and Tukes Valley Middle School also received Chromebooks last week, making a total group of 417 students testing the program.The district will eventually put Chromebooks into the hands of every student in third through 12th as a part of its 1:1 computing initiative.“It’s light years past where we were years ago,” said Scott McDaniel, director of technology services for the district.Area districts have been in various phases of rolling out devices to their students for several years. Battle Ground teachers have had shared carts of Chromebooks in their classrooms for students to use, but last week’s transition means students can now take them home to continue working on school projects.Vancouver Public Schools is slated to finish checking out iPads to its third- through 12th-grade students next year, and Evergreen Public Schools is slated to put Chromebooks, Surface Pros or other computers to its fourth- through 12th-grade students by the beginning of next school year.McDaniel, by his own admission, is giddy at the possibilities the program will allow the district. Students’ learning can become more dynamic, he said. They can go back and rewrite drafts of research reports or add photos and videos, and teachers are better able to work one-on-one with students to help them fine tune their projects.last_img read more

Man booked into jail after resisting arrest injuring two Battle Ground officers

first_imgA Battle Ground man was arrested Tuesday morning after he resisted and injured two Battle Ground police officers. At 7:55 a.m., Battle Ground officers were dispatched to a report that a man wanted by the Vancouver Police Department was at Southwest 20th Avenue and West Main Street. Officers found the suspect, who ran from them and started a foot pursuit, according to a news release from the city of Battle Ground. When officers caught up with Scott Daniel Vestensen, 35, in the 100 block of Southwest 19th Place, he resisted arrest and two Battle Ground officers were injured. All three were treated at a local hospital and released. Vestensen was then booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, obstructing a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and possessing drug paraphernalia.The names of the involved officers were not released. The Vancouver Police Department assisted in the apprehension and will conduct a follow-up investigation.last_img read more

Seattle police pepper spray protesters 5 people arrested

first_imgSEATTLE — More than 200 protesters, some chanting “Black Lives Matter!,” tried to disrupt Black Friday shopping and downtown Seattle’s traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Police turned out in force, arresting five people, and a downtown mall closed early.The tree was lighted on a rainy Friday evening. Shortly before 6 p.m., Seattle police turned shoppers away from the downtown Westlake Center mall, saying it was closed for the night. The mall had been scheduled to stay open until 9 p.m.Police said arrests included people accused of assaulting officers and damaging an officer’s bicycle.Protesters at one point staged a “die-in,” lying down on the floor inside the Westlake Center mall. They also protested outside, blocking streets and intersections near Westlake Park and marching through city streets.last_img read more

Verizon will sell BlackBerry phones but theres a catch

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2:04 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Phones Comments “Clearly it’s something that’s overdue, but it’s happening,” Mahieu said in an interview at a MGM Grand conference room on Sunday ahead of CES 2019.After pushing a premium product with the original KeyOne and Key2, which priced last year at $649, its Key2 LE went on sale for $399. Verizon gravitated toward the more low-cost Key 2 LE, which is the first phone on Verizon to offer a dual-SIM setup.”We are excited to add the BlackBerry KEY2 LE to Verizon’s portfolio of leading-edge smartphones for our business customers,” said James Hammond, director of business devices at Verizon. Verizon, however, will only sell the phone through its Enterprise program, which means consumers won’t see it at Verizon retail stores or at Best Buy.Under TCL, BlackBerry launched with the KeyOne at Mobile World Congress in early 2017. A year into it, Mahieu even offered a bullish prediction of capturing 3 to 5 percent of the premium smartphone market when we met at Mobile World Congress in February. On Sunday, Mahieu conceded he was being a little too aggressive with his expectations. When asked for any new predictions, he responded, “No.”CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 2 BlackBerry’s lower-cost smartphones will be available through Verizon’s enteprise program. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Verizon is providing a shot in the arm to BlackBerry Mobile’s quest to return to relevancy in the smartphone world. Or, at least, to get you to realize that it still exists. The largest US wireless carrier will soon start selling the BlackBerry Key2 LE to small and large business customers, which may mean your next work phone could be a BlackBerry device. The BlackBerry family of phones, manufactured and sold through Chinese consumer electronics conglomerate TCL, has slowly grown its portfolio and network of carrier partners across the world, even if getting recognition is a slog. Francois Mahieu, general manager of TCL’s BlackBerry unit, said after its first year of operating under its licensing agreement with BlackBerry Ltd in December 2017, 20 percent of consumers surveyed still didn’t know what operating system it ran. (For the record, it’s been using the Android operating system since before TCL took over.) A partnership with Verizon will provide a shot in the arm to TCL and BlackBerry’s prospects, even if it comes months after the BlackBerry Key2 LE’s launch in August. Verizon joins AT&T and Sprint as US carrier partners. TCL has been on a mission to revive the brand by offering one of the few smartphones in the market with a physical keyboard. But in a world where consumers are gravitating to big phones with bigger screens, it’s been a tough slog for BlackBerry phones.Even TCL executives would concede getting on more carriers like Verizon has taken longer than they would have liked. CES 2019 85 Photos Watch LG’s rollable OLED TV in action at CES 2019 BlackBerry Verizon Alcatel OneTouchlast_img read more

Resident Evil Revelations and Puzzle Fighter Are Portable Capcom Games

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Capcom doesn’t exactly have a ton of big new games on the horizon, outside of Monster Hunter World aka the First Playable Monster Hunter. But at New York Comic Con the publisher proved adept at extending the life of its older games in exciting new ways. New updates for Street Fighter and Marvel vs Capcom! New content for Resident Evil VII and Dead Rising 4! HD remaster of Okami!But as someone who lives a busy, on-the-go, Gogurt-eating lifestyle, I was particularly interested in Capcom’s upcoming portable games. And later this year they’ll have two very different options to choose from: Puzzle Fighter for mobile and Resident Evil Revelations Collection for Nintendo Switch.Puzzle Fighter is pretty much what you’d expect from a modern mobile update of the Street Fighter-themed puzzle game. Players swipe to match colorful blocks and assemble them into larger power blocks. Crash those combos to damage your opponent and deal with counter blocks that can’t be broken until a certain number of terms.This new Puzzle Fighter also includes characters from the larger Capcom universe, a bonafide trend in recent Capcom games. I played as a cute Jill Valentine fighting against an adorable Ryu. And when I activated my combo she unleashed a savage animation straight out of Resident Evil 5.Of course, since this is a modern mobile game, Puzzle Fighter is free to play. You can use your earning to unlock new characters and skills in E. Honda’s shop. You can technically earn everything in the game by grinding, but come on.If you want to just pay one sum of money for a lot of game, maybe consider Resident Evil Revelations Collection on Nintendo Switch. At the panel, Capcom talked about how it seemed poetic for the acclaimed first Revelations to begin as a Nintendo 3DS game, go to home consoles, and return to a Nintendo handheld in a new HD form alongside its sequel. The episodic dramatic TV-style structure of both games also makes them a great fit for portable play.On Switch, the games look as spooky as they always did, whether you’re on the haunted boat of the first game or the gnarly prison colony in the second. The Pro Controller also handles like a dream in the wave-based Raid mode. HD Rumble and third-person shotgunning zombies are a match made in the good kind of Hell.While these are pretty much the same games from 2012 and 2015, the Switch version includes exclusive retro minigames like a parody of Capcom’s own scary side-scroller Ghost ‘N Goblins starring beloved Resident Evil dad Barry Burton. Also, keep in mind the Switch cartridge only includes the first game. The second must be downloaded so grab that Micro SD card.Both Puzzle Fighter on mobile and Resident Evil Revelations Collection on Nintendo Switch launch this holiday. So take your portable pick.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Apex Legends Mobile Gives Us Hope For Switch Version

first_imgStay on target Finally, You Can Play ‘Apex Legends’ By YourselfWalmart, ESPN Target Video Game Guns Following Actual Gun Tragedy Update: A mobile version of Apex Legends always seemed like a good idea. It gives the already popular battle royale and even bigger audience. It helps it compete more with PUBG and Fortnite. And it opens up new potential territories in Asia. And now that good idea may become a good reality because in a recent investors call EA CEO Andrew Wilson all but confirmed Apex Legends for mobile devices. As cool as that sounds though, what’s even cooler is that, as with Fortnite, getting the game to run on mobile hardware could given Respawn the excuse it needs to also bring Apex Legends to Nintendo Switch.Apex Legends is by all means a huge success. EA and Respawn’s Titanfall spin-off battle royale game has amassed tens of millions of players since its surprise launch a few weeks ago. And part of the reason it became so popular was by adopting the free-to-play model of Fortnite. Tons of people are willing to try a huge multiplayer game if they don’t have to pay for it. And if they like it maybe they will start paying for it in the form of battle passes.However, while Apex Legends, PUBG, and Fortnite battle it out to be the best battle royale, Fortnite retains its lead by being available on the widest variety of platforms. Right now Apex Legends is only available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Not a small potential audience by any means, but is it going to get bigger anytime soon?Talking to Wired, Respawn project lead Drew McCoy wouldn’t comment one way or another on Apex Legends coming to new systems, particularly the Nintendo Switch which can currently play Fortnite. The team is aware folks want to play the game on the console/handheld hybrid. Folks want to play pretty much everything on the console/handheld hybrid. And you can hold onto hope because the developers didn’t immediately dismiss the idea, as opposed to literally laugh at the thought of Titanfall 2 on Switch. But nothing was explicitly confirmed. And I’m not sure if the Switch even supports the Source engine Apex Legends runs on.In that same vein, there’s also nothing new to report on the possibility of Apex Legends coming to mobile devices like iOS and Android, another huge audience already tapped by Fortnite and PUBG.So while we wouldn’t shocked to see Apex Legends spread to these other platforms, it might not be for a while. Given how much people seem to like this game though it should be even better by the time it does get ported. Besides, Respawn has Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to worry about right now. For more on Apex Legends here’s our salute to its diverse roster of characters.last_img read more