Srinivas Dempo inaugurates academy

first_imgPanaji, Nov 24 (PTI) Dempo Sports Club chairman Srinivas Dempos dream of having a residential football academy finally came true when he formally inaugurated phase-I of the facility at Ella in Old Goa.Indias U-17 World Cup coach Luis Norton de Matos and captain Amarjit Singh were also present at the inauguration of the Dempo Academy yesterday.The new facility has a full size grass pitch, shooting wall, pavilion and temporary changing rooms, offices, washrooms and class rooms.”We had opportunities on one side and challenges on the other. Its at that time the management decided to concentrate on grassroots and give the boys an avenue to pursue their dreams of becoming professional footballers. With this in mind we decided to create a world class residential football academy,” stated Srinivas Dempo.The academy began functioning early this year with 24 footballers, born in 2004 and 2005, selected during a 10-day camp involving 67 boys.After the 24 players were selected, they were offered contracts with full scholarship and the academy was launched on June 4. These boys are attending school at Fr. Agnel High School, Pilar.”The next phase is to create a residential boarding facility for the boys who are currently residing in a block of flats,” said Dempo.Technical Director Karnagaran Naidoo said that coaching and training sessions for these boys will be based on the long term player development (LTPD) method.”I have given the boys two mantras; one is keep ball possession and the other is dont let them score. Monthly and quarterly performance assessments are conducted and the reports are sent to the parents and the management,” said Naidoo.advertisementThe construction of the second phase of the Academy will begin in January next year and will accommodate 96 players. It will have all the amenities, including library, catering, conference room, gymnasium, physio therapist room and other facilities.The long term goal is to have a school within the academy. PTI MCS PDS PDSlast_img read more

Rangers Ease By Panthers, 5-4

first_imgSUNRISE, Fla. — Rick Nash helped the New York Rangers continue their domination of the Florida Panthers.Nash scored 2:01 into overtime for his third goal of the game, lifting the Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Panthers on Nov. 21.Nash’s winning goal came on the power play when his wrist shot from the right circle got past Roberto Luongo to give the Rangers their seventh straight win against the Panthers — and fourth straight against Luongo.“I knew (Mats Zuccarello) was in front and I could get it through the defenseman’s legs,” Nash said. “I just shot it and hoped for the best.”Nash’s hat trick was his career seventh and second for the Rangers.Zuccarello and Viktor Stalberg each scored in the third period to put the Rangers ahead 4-2. Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves as New York bounced back after a loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday night snapped its nine-game winning streak.“We thought we gave away a point on the road (at Tampa Bay),” Nash said. “You want to lock things down. After tonight, I think we’ll take it the way we got it.”Jaromir Jagr, Aleksander Barkov, Jussi Jokinen and Nick Bjugstad scored for the Panthers. Luongo stopped 26 shots.Down two goals, the Panthers scored twice in a 39-second span late in the third period to send the game into overtime.Barkov’s power-play goal pulled Florida to 4-3 with 2:28 left, and Jagr then sent a shot from the right circle over Lundqvist’s shoulder with 1:49 to go. Both goals came as the Panthers played with an empty net.“How many times does it happen, you pull the goalie, you score two goals? It was a great call by our coach to pull him with a lot of time,” Jagr said. “I feel like we played good enough to win.”Reilly Smith missed a penalty shot for Florida with 1:42 left when his shot went high.“There was no quit,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. “I was really proud of our guys tonight because we played one of the fastest teams in the league and we kept up with them and we probably pushed the pace more than they did tonight.”Zuccarello put the Rangers ahead 3-2 when he came on a breakaway and put the puck past Luongo with 9:44 to go in the third. Stalberg stretched the lead to 4-2 when he beat Luongo from low in the right circle on the short side nearly 2 minutes later.“Our goaltender kept us in it,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “He gave us an unreal performance, and there’s no doubt Nash played one of his better games this year.”Nash gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead when his shot from below the right circle got past Luongo’s glove and went high into the net with 8:52 left in the first period.Bjugstad tied it at 6:46 of the second as Pirri passed from the left circle to Bjugstad in front and he put the puck underneath Lundqvist’s pads.Nash’s second goal put the Rangers ahead 2-1 when he brought the puck from his own end and his shot from the left circle beat Luongo on the short side with 6:38 to go in the second.The Panthers tied it again when Jokinen, in front of the crease, tipped in a shot from the right circle by Brandon Pirri with 2:03 left in the second.Earlier in the second, Lundqvist took a puck to the groin area on a shot by Bjugstad at 3:28 and took several minutes to recover.Chris Kreider had a penalty shot with 6:15 left in the first when he was hooked by Aaron Ekblad. Kreider shot from low in the right circle but Luongo turned it aside with his blocker.According to information provided by the team from the Elias Sports Bureau, Kreider — who had an unsuccessful penalty shot in the third period on Thursday at Tampa — is the first player in Rangers history to have a penalty shot in back-to-back games.The last player in the NHL to have penalty shots in consecutive games was Marian Hossa in 2005 for Atlanta.(PAUL GEREFFI)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Poyet quits Shanghai Shenhua

first_imgGustavo Poyet Poyet resigns after dismal Shanghai Shenhua run Joe Wright 19:41 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) gustavo poyet - cropped Getty Images Shanghai Shenhua Shanghai Shenhua v Henan Jianye CSL With the team sitting 12th in the Chinese Super League, the Uruguayan has departed and been replaced by technical director Wu Jingui Gustavo Poyet has stepped down as Shanghai Shenhua head coach following Sunday’s defeat to Henan Jianye.The former Chelsea and Uruguay midfielder took charge last November after lasting only six months in La Liga as Real Betis boss.Shenhua have only taken 24 points from 23 matches in the Chinese Super League and sit 12th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation zone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 They also failed to reach the group stage of the AFC Champions League after losing to Brisbane Roar in the play-off round.”Shanghai Shenhua have agreed to accept Mr Poyet’s resignation,” a club statement confirmed on Monday. “Following discussions, both parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the club to make this change. “Technical director of the club Wu Jingui is appointed as the new coach.”The club would like to thank Mr Poyet and his backroom staff for all his hard work over the past years and for the difficulties we’ve had to overcome during that time. “We wish him and his staff all the best for the future.”Shenhua’s latest defeat means they have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions.Fans have been growing increasingly frustrated and vented their anger towards striker Carlos Tevez, who made his return from injury as a substitute on Sunday.Tevez, who signed from Boca Juniors last December for a reported fee of £71.6 million and is said to earn in the region of £615,000 per week, was booed during his latest disappointing display.last_img read more

‘Neymar would be a bomb in Barca locker room’

first_imgNeymar would be “a bomb inside the locker room” if brought back to Barcelona, says Hristo Stoichkov, with a Camp Nou legend opposed to any deal for the Brazilian forward.Efforts by Blaugrana officials to re-sign the South American from Paris Saint-Germain have been stepped up.An entourage has been sent to France for transfer talks, with Barca hoping that an agreement can be reached despite already investing heavily in Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is understood to be steering the transfer plans, with there a desire on his part to return to Neymar to Catalunya as a marquee addition.Stoichkov, though, believes a big-money deal will do more harm than good, with there no obvious role for him within an already star-studded squad.The iconic former frontman told Univision: “Barcelona does not need Neymar.“He has no place because there are already important players. There is [Ousmane] Dembele, Griezmann, [Luis] Suarez and[Lionel] Messi.“Where is he going to play? He would be a bomb inside the locker room.”Stoichkov, who took in two goal-laden spells with Barca in his playing days, added: “For my part, I don’t want him to come back.“Sure, there is a group of players who want him to return and ask the president to make an effort, but Barca will not spend a single euro bringing back because they have no money to pay PSG.”Ivan Rakitic, Philippe CoutinhoBarcelona have been seeking to get around any financial issues by incorporating players already on their books into bids for Neymar.Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho have been mooted as potential makeweights, allowing PSG to get creative cover for an outgoing forward, but Stoichkov believes the wrong approach is being taken.The Bulgarian added: “Players offered to PSG? It is disrespectful.“For example, Rakitic is a great worker, a very humble boy who has never let his guard down and has always defended the interests of Barcelona.“Coutinho? He cost a lot of money but has a lot of football in him and I defend him.“Hopefully, no Barcelona player leaves.”last_img read more

New Zealand first team to announce World Cup squad, Tom Blundell surprise inclusion

first_img Reuters WellingtonApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 08:41 IST Ross Taylor and New Zealand coach Gary Stead arrive at the Tai Tapu School for the World Cup squad announcement (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe 15-man squad will be led by captain Kane WilliamsonTom Blundell has been called in as cover for wicketkeeper Tom LathamNZ have included just 2 specialist spinners in Ish Sodhi and Mitchell SantnerWicketkeeper Tom Blundell was the surprise selection in New Zealand’s 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup later this year, despite never having played the format at international level.The 28-year-old Blundell has played just two Tests, making a century on debut, and three Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand, but will serve as a backup to Tom Latham for the May 30-July 14 tournament in England and Wales.”The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive World Cup,” coach Gary Stead said.”As a one-day unit we’ve been pretty consistent over the past few years and possess a very experienced group of core players, proven at the top level.”Great scenes following the @cricketworldcup squad announcement at Tai Tapu School. Former pupil Henry Nicholls in hot demand. #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/YID2oOQ6aKBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 2, 2019Blundell’s last appearance for New Zealand was in a Twenty20 international against Australia in Sydney in early 2018. He did not play a single game for Wellington in New Zealand’s domestic one-day competition this season.His surprise elevation into the squad is at the expense of Tim Seifert, who had been the preferred wicketkeeper in Twenty20 internationals this summer and made his one-day international debut in January against Sri Lanka.The aggressive Seifert, who can bat up and down the order, showed his potential with quickfire scores of 84 and 43 while opening against India in Twenty20 internationals in February, but broke his finger towards the end of the season.advertisementWhile he would have recovered for the World Cup, questions had been asked about his work with the gloves and Stead had said he would prefer to select a specialist to back up Latham, who only assumed the role in the one-day squad two years ago.Henry Nicholls had been previously mooted as a potential emergency wicketkeeper if Latham got injured, but is now expected to open the batting with Martin Guptill after Colin Munro fell out of favour.BREAKING: The @BLACKCAPS have named their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/sbC0cvOXPTCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 2, 2019Munro still made the final 15-man squad with his ability to also bowl medium pace but is more likely to be batting cover.Ish Sodhi also won a tight selection battle with Todd Astle as the second spinner, with all-rounder Mitchell Santner the first-choice slow bowler.The choice of Sodhi over Astle was considered a far from straightforward selection battle, with both legspinners given opportunities to prove themselves in white-ball cricket over New Zealand’s summer.Astle is the stronger batsman but Sodhi is considered the more attacking bowler and took 24 wickets at 21.17 in his final three first-class games in March.James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme were named as the all-rounders, while the four frontline pace bowlers Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry were never in doubt.Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow New Zealand squadFollow NZ World Cup squadFollow Tom BlundellFollow Kane Williamson New Zealand first team to announce World Cup squad, Tom Blundell surprise inclusionWicketkeeper Tom Blundell’s last appearance for New Zealand was in a Twenty20 international against Australia in Sydney in early 2018.advertisementlast_img read more

UN official cautions against reducing assistance to smallholder farmers

“When people cannot afford to eat because they cannot make a decent living, they become desperate, which led to riots during the 2008 food crisis,” said Kanayo Nwanze, the President of the UN International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), speaking ahead of the two-day Group of 20 (G20) agriculture ministers’ meeting, which opens in Paris tomorrow.“The current food price increase has pushed an estimated 44 million people into poverty, creating once again a volatile mix. During the last price increase, when smallholders were assisted in accessing markets for finance, seeds and fertilizers, they were able to benefit from higher prices and both poor producers and consumers were better off,” added Mr. Nwanze, who will address the meeting.France holds the presidency of the G20, which is made up of the world’s largest economies.The G20 agriculture ministers are tasked with developing an action plan to address price volatility in food and agricultural markets and its impact on the poor. Studies have shown that the gross domestic product (GDP) growth generated by agriculture is more than twice as effective in reducing poverty as expansion in other sectors.Mr. Nwanze is expected to tell the ministers that the G20 has a comparative advantage in promoting the sharing of experiences of countries that have made significant progress in boosting agricultural production, and which have created an enabling environment for investment in agriculture, including Brazil and China.In addition, the G20 can strengthen policy coherence and coordination, which is essential in dealing with sensitive issues in trade, biofuels and responsible investment in agriculture, he said.“I take this message to the ministers on behalf of the smallholder farmers around the world: the development of rural areas is central to overcoming hunger and poverty, mitigating climate change, achieving energy security and protecting the environment, and it is the smallholder farmer that holds the key. But we must seriously start investing in their potential to support them to deliver.” 21 June 2011The head of the United Nations agency tasked with combating rural poverty today cautioned developed countries against cutting assistance to smallholder farmers in poorer nations, saying most food producers across the world were small-scale growers. read more

Android front man Hugo Barra leaves Google for Xiaomi

first_imgIf you go watch the last few Android presentations you’ll see a man that won’t be on stage to tell you about Google products anymore. His name is Hugo Barra, and pretty soon he’ll be taking the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi to all new heights as their global VP.If you’re anywhere but China, you may not have ever heard of Xiaomi before. Their products don’t have a huge reach outside of China, though their custom version of Android has fans in the Android modder/hacker scene all over the world.MIUI started out as a highly stylized flavor of Android based on CyanogenMod. Their time with MIUI development gave Xiaomi great insight into what their consumers wanted from a smartphone. As a result, their last smartphone release saw lines that wrapped around every store they were sold in come launch day.Xiaomi is a powerful force in China, and now they want to bring their hardware to the rest of the world. Fortunately for Xiaomi, at the same time Google’s VP of Android product management happened to be looking for a new job.It’s not clear right now who will take Hugo’s place in the Android pyramid, but the loss is significant for Google. The Android side of the Mountain View company has seen a lot of senior loss recently, with Andy Rubin leaving to start a new project inside of Google, and the Android Open Source Project lead software engineer leaving the company entirely.Google’s Android team is massive, but some of these recently departed members have been a part of the project since very near the beginning. Android has certainly changed quite a bit over the last year, due in no small part to additions like Matias Duarte, so it’s difficult to say with any certainly what the fallout of Barra’s departure will really be for now.last_img read more

Nouveau record de pollution à Pékin

first_imgNouveau record de pollution à PékinLa ville de Pékin a enregistré ce lundi un nouveau record de pollution de l’air, plongeant la ville dans un épais brouillard irrespirable et dangereux pour les personnes les plus fragiles.Pékin a toujours eu la réputation d’une ville polluée. Mais ce lundi 21 février, le taux de pollution de l’air a battu tous les records explique l’ambassade des Etats-Unis. La situation est telle que les autorités de la ville recommandent à tous d’éviter les activités en extérieur, rapporte 20minutes.fr. Ce taux de pollution si important serait dû à l’absence de vent dans la capitale chinoise, ainsi qu’à l’augmentation des températures, jusqu’à atteindre le niveau 5/5 sur l’échelle de pollution mise au point par le Bureau de l’environnement de Pékin.À lire aussiLa messagerie cryptée Telegram victime d’une cyber-attaque, la Chine pointée du doigtUn des responsables de ce bureau s’est confié à l’AFP : “Il est évident que les personnes âgées et les enfants ne doivent pas sortir”. La pollution de la ville a généré un épais brouillard qui limite la visibilité de l’homme à 200 mètres dans certains quartiers de Pékin. La ville est envahie de 5 millions de véhicules dont le nombre ne cesse d’augmenter au fil des jours, causant de nombreux embouteillages. Près de 300.000 personnes décéderaient chaque années de maladies cardiaques ou de cancer du poumon, maladies imputables à la pollution du pays.Le 21 février 2011 à 16:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pixlplay Recycles Outdated Smartphone Into Kids Camera

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket There are endless ways to reuse an old smartphone: as a home surveillance system, in-car GPS, universal remote, wireless hotspot—or, a kids’ camera.Inspired by the classic 35mm design, PixlPlay is a colorful, interactive “camera” that keeps your device safe while encouraging creativity.Simply connect and insert an Apple or Android handset into the case, which boasts rubber grips and a camera strap for easy handling. Kids can operate the phone as normal through a touch-sensitive, splash-resistant protective screen, and snap photos with the working shutter button on top.“At this point, most families have an old smartphone (or two!) sitting in a junk drawer somewhere,” the campaign page said. “Let’s get those smartphones into the hands of kids in a way that encourages photography and active play.”Pixl Toys launched its first product on Kickstarter last week, hoping to collect at least $25,000 for get the Pixlplay onto shelves and into tiny hands. The startup surpassed 50 percent of its target in just three days, and is well on its way to meeting its goal.Aimed at children as young as three, the invention features a companion iOS app (that lets users edit photos with digital stickers and frames), and works with existing camera and photography programs. Stretch goals include activity cards, a sticker sheet, and an Android application.“Smartphones have become a gateway into photography for very young kids,” according to Pixl Toys. “Kids are eager to shoot their own photos and play with images.”Folks can still snag the camera for an early-bird price of $20, or pay the full cost of $25 for one Pixlplay camera, wrist strap, and camera craft activity cards. Get two cases for $40, four for $75, six for $100, a dozen for $175, or 60 for $750.A mere $5,000 will get you the “Pixl Toys Experience”—one adult and one child get a sightseeing trip (with a personal tour by founder JP) and a two-night stay in San Francisco. Oh, and you’ll also get a Pixlplay camera.One backer already spent $1,000 to sponsor the company’s launch party in New York City. Supporters have 29 more days to contribute. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Flying Lotus New StopMotion Post Requisite Music Video Album Tease

first_img Email Flying Lotus’ New Stop-Motion “Post Requisite” Music Video, Album Tease Facebook Flying Lotus Shares New Music Video, Album Tease flying-lotus-new-stop-motion-post-requisite-music-video-album-tease News Experimental musician’s intensely psychedelic new video also hints at new musicBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 2, 2017 – 2:16 pm GRAMMY-nominated psychedelic jazz/experimental beats producer and Brainfeeder Records label boss Flying Lotus has shared a new mind-warping stop-motion music video for his song “Post Requisite,” previously released via SoundCloud and used as the theme music to his freakish body-horror indie film, Kuso.As Pitchfork reports, the video includes an exciting tease for FlyLo fans, as the accompanying description text on the producer’s YouTube channel briefly read, “Flying Lotus is currently finishing his next studio album on Warp.” The description text was subsequently edited and the mention of the album was removed hours later, though fans can be seen discussing the album tease in the comment section below the video.The as-yet unnamed project will be FlyLo’s first since his acclaimed 2014 LP, You’re Dead!, a project he wrote and recorded alongside longtime collaborator and GRAMMY-winning bass virtuoso Thundercat, with the stated intention of making “the fastest, hardest, most intense jazz record.”Additional details about his new album are nonexistent beyond today’s brief tease via the “Post Requisite” video, but FlyLo’s past statements about his approach to writing and recording new music will undoubtedly remain the record’s guiding principle: “I’d rather put something out that’s completely unique than try to do something that’s been done before.”Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Favors JazzRead more Twitter last_img read more

Hardik Patel detained on way to meet jailed IPS officer Sanjiv

first_imgPALANPUR (Gujarat): Congress leader Hardik Patel, two-party MLAs and around 27 of their supporters were on Wednesday detained while they were on way to Palanpur district jail in Gujarat to meet sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, police said. Bhatt, who was in June awarded life sentence in a custodial death case, is currently lodged at the Palanpur district jail. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Hardik Patel, the Patidar quota agitation spearhead who joined the Congress earlier this year ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, was detained as soon as he and other party leaders entered Palanpur to go to the jail to meet Bhatt, Banaskantha’s Superintendent of Police Niraj Badgujar said. “We were expecting law and order issues at the jail in Palanpur, so we detained around 30 people, including Hardik Patel, Congress MLAs from Palanpur and Patan and their supporters, when they entered Palanpur to go to the sub-jail to meet Bhatt,” he said. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The two MLAs who have been detained are Mahesh Patel of Palanpur and Kirit Patel of Patan. The sacked IPS officer’s wife Shweta Bhatt on Tuesday announced she will accompany her husband’s supporters (most of them women), who wanted to tie ‘rakhi’ to him, to Palanpur jail, the police official said. “Hardik Patel said he will also accompany her. While Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife has been allowed to go to meet him as she is a family member, we have detained the others,” he informed. Advertise With Us Sanjiv Bhatt was in June this year awarded life sentence in a custodial death case dating back to 1990 when he was posted as an additional superintendent of police in Jamnagar district. On September 5, 2018, he was arrested in another case, where he is accused of falsely implicating a man for alleged possession of drugs in Palanpur in 1996. The trial in the case continues. Some people recently launched a social media campaign in his support and sought rakhis, which they said will be handed over to him. The Gujarat-cadre officer was suspended from the Indian Police Service in 2011 and sacked by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in August 2015 on grounds of “unauthorized absence from service”. In 2012, his wife unsuccessfully contested the state Assembly poll on Congress’ ticket against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Maninagar constituency in Ahmedabad. Sanjiv Bhatt made headlines when he alleged in an affidavit before the Supreme Court that after the Godhra train burning incident of February 27, 2002, Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, at a meeting asked senior police officers to let the majority community vent its anger. The Special Investigation Team appointed by the apex court to investigate the 2002 riots concluded that Bhatt, being a very junior officer then, was not present at the meeting.last_img read more

Rajapakse to step down Saturday

first_imgSri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena (R) listens to former president Mahinda Rajapakse. AFP File PhotoSri Lanka’s strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse will step down on Saturday from his disputed position of premier, his son said on Friday, signalling an end to the seven-week long power-struggle that threatened to shut the government.”To ensure stability of the nation, former president …(Rajapakse) has decided to resign from the premiership tomorrow after an address to the nation,” his legislator son Namal said.The announcement came shortly after the Supreme Court banned Rajapakse, 73, and his purported government from exercising the powers of the office they claimed since October.A day earlier, the Supreme Court opened the way for potential impeachment proceedings against president Maithripala Sirisena ruling that he broke the law by dissolving parliament last month.A seven-judge bench unanimously agreed that Sirisena violated the constitution when he dissolved parliament last month to prevent Rajapakse suffering a humiliating defeat on the floor of the House.Sirisena had also called a snap election nearly two years ahead of schedule. That was also cancelled by the courts.Namal Rajapakse said they will join a coalition with Sirisena who triggered the political crisis on 26 October by initially sacking prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him with former foe Rajapakse.Two of the country’s highest courts suspended Rajapakse till he could prove his legitimacy after he failed two no-confidence motions in the 225-member legislature in mid-November.The court rulings also meant that the Indian Ocean nation of 21 million people was effectively without a government and heading for a shutdown raising fears among international credit rating agencies and holders of Sri Lankan bonds.The country was taken by surprise when Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on 26 October, almost two years before his five-year term was up and called a snap election for 5 January.Wickremesinghe refused to step down maintaining that his sacking was illegal. That issue is currently being canvassed before courts.- New government -Political sources said Wickremesinghe was likely to be sworn in on Sunday morning, in a move that is expected to end the power vacuum.There was no immediate comment from Sirisena or his office, but an MP from his party, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that the president agreed to the latest measures to avoid a government shutdown after 31 December.If the stalemate continued, we would have ended up without a budget for 2019 and the government would not have been able to function,” Abeywardena said.Earlier, Sirisena had refused to reinstate Wickremesinghe saying he had serious cultural and policy differences with him. However, sources close to both sides said they managed to sink their differences during a closed-door meeting on Thursday.On Wednesday, the legislature voted overwhelmingly to demand the reinstatement of Wickremesinghe.The leftist JVP, or the People’s Liberation Front, insists that Sirisena should be investigated for orchestrating what they call a coup and that there should also be an impeachment process.last_img read more

Houstonians Need To Remain Alert During Hurricane Season

first_img Share 00:00 /01:04 You may have started your day a bit earlier anticipating driving through some rain or flooded areas, but instead you were met with a damp driveway.Francisco Sanchez is with emergency operations for Harris County.He said only a portion of East Houston got several inches of rain.“We’ve seen three inches of rain overnight in portions of east of Harris County,” Sanchez says. “So we certainly have been spared the worst part of tropical storm Cindy.”We were spared this time, but Mayor Sylvester Turner says that may not always be the case.“I don’t care how many time you go through it,” Turner says. “I don’t care how many. Every weather storm situation is different. Each one has its own personality.”Judge Ed Emmett says the county is just as prepared as homeowners should be.“Prepare as if a hurricane is going to hit us,” Emmett says. “We have a full-time professional staff at our Office of Homeland security and Emergency Management. So if people ask if we’re prepared? Yes, we’re prepared.”The mayor advises having an evacuation route, keeping flashlights on hand, and paying attention to weather reports in case the next storm that comes through is the big one. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

This Is What Apples New TV Service Will Actually Look Like

first_imgThe company didn’t give exact timing on those partnerships, but said consumers who use the Apple TV app on their mobile devices would be able to stream videos to TVs made by Vizio, Samsung, LG and Sony via AirPlay 2 “later this year.”Apple first announced partnerships with TV makers to bring iTunes and AirPlay to third-party smart TVs at CES. On Monday, some of these new partners actually attended the event in person: Vizio CEO William Wang and Roku CEO Anthony Wood could be seen among the crowd, and Samsung’s global smart TV business head Won-Jin Lee is said to have made an appearance as well.The new Apple TV app got significant stage time Monday, and will soon offer direct access to paid services from HBO, Starz, Epix, and others. Users will be able to start their free trials from within the app, and then pay their monthly bills via Apple Pay. Once subscribed, users can watch episodes directly within the TV app, taking away the need to switch between different apps. CREDIT: Courtesy of Apple In addition, Apple is also going to bring the app to a range of smart TVs, starting with Samsung this spring, and following with TV sets made by LG, Sony and Vizio. Apple is even bringing the app to streaming devices made by and smart TVs powered by its competitors Amazon and Roku. CREDIT: Courtesy of Apple Apple unveiled its much-anticipated video service at a press event in Cupertino Monday, promising a range of originals via its forthcoming Apple TV+ service as well as easy access to third-party video subscription services. But while many of the big names attached to Apple’s video efforts were known beforehand, one significant detail wasn’t: How are you actually going to watch any of this? The answer, in short: Via’s Apple existing TV app, which is already available on iPhones, iPads and Apple TV, and is scheduled to come to the company’s line of Mac desktops and laptops later this year.center_img The app also continues to integrate with internet TV subscription services like Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now, as well as traditional pay TV services like Canal+ and Charter Spectrum. Optimum and Suddenlink will be integrated later this year. However, these paid services still live in separate apps, with Apple TV deep-linking to individual episodes. CREDIT: Courtesy of Apple One new aspect of the app is a dedicated kids’ section, which clearly took some cues from Netflix’s children’s UI. Content is not only available via shows and categories, but also directly by picking a popular character.There will also be some added curation for grown-ups, with the Apple TV app suggesting new shows based on existing viewing behavior. “We use advanced machine learning to understand what you like to watch,” said Apple VP Peter Stern.Apple did not demo the new Apple TV app Monday, but said that it will roll out to iPhones, iPads and Apple TV devices with a software update this May. Macs will get access to the new app this fall.last_img read more

Mirrors Edge 2 dev team dispersed to other projects

first_imgAnyone waiting for a sequel to the EA game Mirror’s Edge may never get to play that second game. Although a sequel has been spoken of in the past, it now looks as though the project is on hold indefinitely.Swedish site Press2Play.tv spoke with Patrick Soderlund, who is senior vice president of EA Games Europe. The interview was actually about Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, but Mirror’s Edge 2 came up.Soderland said that a prototype of the second game has been shown internally at EA, but with sales of the first game not being great the project has been put on hold. The team that worked on it have now been dispersed to other projects with no plan or timescale as to when they will reform.To us it looks as though Mirror’s Edge 2 may remain stalled permanently, or could get farmed out to another developer if EA ever thinks it would turn a profit at retail or via digital download.For now, don’t hold your breath for a sequel getting released.Read more at Press2Play.tv (translated), via CVGlast_img read more