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CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT CATEGORY E

first_img Login/Register With: Coal Mine Theatre is excited to stage Category E by English-born, Edmonton-based playwright Belinda Cornish, running from April 11th to 29th.In an interview, the playwright described the show as “a comedy of menace.” She described the play’s characters as naturalistic, but “within a peculiar, mysteriously menacing, somewhat surreal, world.” The play takes place in an environment where imperfect or inferior people are used as scientific test subjects for the betterment of humanity. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Indigenous trailblazer William Wuttunee leaves lasting legacy

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe first Indigenous person called to the bar in Western Canada died over the weekend.William Wuttunee died in Calgary at the age of 87 at about 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.Wuttunee was born on the Red Pheasant reserve in Saskatchewan in 1928.He became a lawyer in Saskatchewan in 1952.In 1961, Wuttunee organized the National Indian Council and was its first leader. The council became the National Indian Brotherhood which evolved into the Assembly of First Natinos.His 1971 book, Ruffled Feathers, argued chiefs were too dependent on government money.He was also banned from 13 reserves.Wuttunee is the father of former APTN National News anchor Nola Wuttunee.last_img read more

Exexecutive to cooperate with feds in opioid kickback case

first_imgBOSTON — A former opioid sales executive has admitted to participating in a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray.Alec Burlakoff pleaded guilty Wednesday in Boston’s federal court. Prosecutors say the former vice-president of sales for Insys Therapeutics has agreed to co-operate with them in the closely watched case targeting executives at the Chandler, Arizona company, including billionaire founder John Kapoor.The Insys executives are accused of paying kickbacks to doctors willing to write large numbers of prescriptions for the powerful medication Subsys, which is meant for cancer patients with severe pain.Prosecutors say the kickbacks were disguised as speaking fees for events billed as opportunities for other doctors to learn about the drug.Kapoor and several other defendants are scheduled to go to trial in January.Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Toni Kroos Has No Intention of Leaving Los Blancos For Bavarians

Rabat – Despite heavy rumors linking German footballer, Toni Kroos, with his former team, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid’s midfielder has definitively refuted the rumors.Toni Kroos told business magazine, Sponsors, that he is enjoying himself with Real Madrid and that he has no intention of leaving the squad anytime soon.The international player has been able to make a name for himself throughout Europe for his professional techniques. Kroos said that he does not think of returning to play for Bayern Munich. “In the Bundesliga, I will definitely not play anymore, that chapter is finished,” explained Kroos.He added that he can not imagine himself playing with the Bavarians, because there has been no option made for him in Germany.The player is currently concentrating on supporting his team, with the view to winning two titles, namely the Champions League and La Liga.The player spent seven seasons with Bayern Munich, leaving them in 2014 for Real Madrid. There have been widespread speculations about the 24-year-old player, indicating that he could stay with Real Madrid throughout the coming years. read more

Moroccans Condemn Israel’s Request for Compensation for Jewish Property

Rabat – Israel is seeking $250 billion from Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, and Iran, for Jewish people who emigrated and left their property in the Muslim countries after the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948.Several Moroccan intellectuals and activists reportedly started a petition to condemn the financial compensation request and Israel’s speculation of “inaccurate historical facts.”Speaking with Morocco World News, Moroccan-French activist Jacob Cohen criticized Israel’s request, describing it as “cynical.” Cohen said that it was the Israeli intelligence service, known as the Mossad, that sent Jewish Moroccans to Israel.The Mossad established a secret network in Morocco in 1956 to smuggle Jews to Israel. Jews began to emigrate secretly after Morocco joined the Arab League in 1959, imposing a ban on the immigration of Jews to Israel. Cohen mentioned King Mohammed VI’s Jewish advisor, Andre Azoulay, and his promoting of peace and coexistence between Jews and Muslims, ”While Andre Azoulay, speaks of coexistence, Israel cynically claims billions for its ‘Jewish refugees from Arab countries’ to make them look similar to Palestinian refugees,” Cohen continued.Born in Meknes as a Moroccan Jew in 1944, Cohen is known for his criticism of Zionism. During an interview in 2016, Cohen stated that the Mossad is still “very active” in Morocco.He said: “There is something that is happening at the moment, which is not very known, but it’s starting … the Mossad is actively operating in Amazigh regions.”Earlier in January, at a lecture under the theme “The Holocaust … and the Zionist Agenda” Cohen spoke of the the “evil genius of Zionist” agenda that seeks to “victimize” Jews and show that no one suffered more than them.He referred to the Holocaust as a “new religion” brought up by Zionists to justify the occupation of Palestine.About 250,000 to 350,000 Jewish people lived in Morocco before the establishment of Israel, making it the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world. Israel estimates the value of Jewish property left behind in Morocco, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq at $200 billion. Israel is also demanding $35 billion from Tunisia and $15 billion from Libya.Read Also: Israel to Seek Compensation for Lost Jewish Property in MoroccoIsrael secretly determined the estimates in the countries throughout 2018, reported the Jerusalem Post. According to Israeli Minister for Social Equality Gila Gamliel, the Israeli state will take measures to “obtain retribution.”Earlier in January, Gamliel said on Israeli outlet Hadashot News that “the time has come to correct the historic injustice.” The minister referred to Jewish families who left Arab and Muslim countries as being “expelled” from their homes.Many Moroccans, however, wish to correct the minister’s “historical inaccuracies.”Gamliel’s statement gave the impression that Jewish communities were forced to leave their homes and property behind. Moroccans commenting on the situation disagreed, asserting that Moroccan Jews had lived peacefully alongside Moroccan Muslims. Read Also: Moroccan Jewish Community Celebrates Hiloula in Morocco’s Taroudant read more

Fijian leader tells UN that planned parliamentary elections must be delayed

27 September 2008Fiji will not be able to hold democratic parliamentary elections by March next year, as previously scheduled, because it first needs to reform its electoral system, the country’s Prime Minister has told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate. Speaking yesterday before the Assembly in New York, Commodore Josaia Bainimarama – who came to power in December 2006 and is still Commander of Fiji’s military forces – said the delay was unavoidable. “This is due to work still in progress towards agreeing on a democratic electoral system, one acceptable to the people of Fiji, and which is agreed to by all political stakeholders, through political dialogue,” he said. Although he agreed that general elections must be held as soon as practically possible, “this will be done only after we have achieved broad consensus in Fiji for a non-racial and truly democratic electoral system, and agreed on a constitutional and legal way to introduce the changes. “It is necessary to change our current electoral system because it is undemocratic and it does not provide for a free and fair election. It contravenes the principle of equal suffrage, as set out in the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.” The Pacific archipelago has suffered prolonged internal tensions between its indigenous Fijian and Indo-Fijian communities, and had four coups since 1987. Mr. Bainimarama reiterated an earlier call for the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations to help with the proposed President’s Political Dialogue Forum, which he said would be central to the process of developing national consensus about the way forward. The Forum is supposed to lead to a draft Peoples Charter, an initiative he sad he hopes will “empower the people of Fiji at large to find just and sustainable solutions to our deep-rooted and persistent problems. “I wish to assure the international community that I am personally deeply committed to breaking the cycle of coups. Equally important, I am committed to breaking the cycle of bad and unjust governance which Fiji has suffered since May 1987. “To remove the ‘coup culture,’ and to commit to democratic and just governance and the rule of law, it is imperative that policies which promote racial supremacy, and which further the interests of self-seeking political, religious and traditional elites, are removed, once and for all.” But Mr. Bainimarama said his hopes and efforts have been somewhat stymied so far because of opposition from the international community to the coup, which has included travel sanctions from several key countries – Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. “Pressure has been mounted, on regional and multilateral agencies, not to extend to Fiji the much-needed financial, development and technical assistance,” he added. “As a result we have not been able to make as much progress as we should have.” read more

Joint UNAfrican Union mission in Darfur presses for release of detained staff

6 July 2011The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur has once again called for the immediate release of two national staff members who have been detained by the Sudanese authorities for more than two months. The mission (UNAMID) said it will continue to engage the authorities regarding the release of Idris Abdelrahman and Hawa Abdalla, who are both reported to be doing well. “We will do everything to secure their release,” stressed Ibrahim Gambari, the Joint Special Representative and head of UNAMID. All UN staff have functional immunity – protection from charges that might be levelled against them for activities related to their official duties. Mr. Gambari has previously stated that the arrest of the two national staff contravened the Status of Forces Agreement between UNAMID and the Government of Sudan.Darfur has been wracked by conflict and large-scale displacement since fighting first erupted between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen in 2003. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed and as many as 2.7 million others displaced. read more

Brock opens its arms to students in Niagara

If you are a Niagara region high school graduate with the academic qualifications to go to university, Brock University has a place for you.As part of its commitment to help the region’s post-secondary education rates continue to grow, the University is introducing a barrier-free transition for qualified local students.The latest advance on this front is a partnership between Brock and Denis Morris Catholic High School (DM) in St. Catharines, which has resulted in an entire Grade 12 class simultaneously earning a high school and a university credit in Kinesiology.This initiative adds to financial supports already in place for high school grads attending Brock, such as the Niagara Principal’s Scholarships, Brock Scholars Awards and new OSAP funding.In the DM project last fall, the Grade 12 students attended two classes each week on the Brock campus, giving them a taste of post-secondary learning as well as the growth experience of being at a university.Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International, is also a Kinesiology professor and researcher, and acted as the instructor in this project. He said the Brock-DM partnership benefits everyone.“At the end of the day, we want all of the students to come to Brock,” he said. “But we also want them to feel comfortable applying to post-secondary education in general, and hopefully this experience helps with that decision.”DM’s Principal, Danny Di Lorenzo, was equally enthusiastic about the opportunities the course provided for local high school students.   “It was groundbreaking for our students and was a very good connection between the two levels of learning,” he said. “The course allowed them the opportunity to see that they could succeed.”Di Lorenzo is hopeful that after getting a taste of university life many of his students will make Brock their first choice this fall.“Being a Brock graduate myself I always want to open their eyes to what a great school Brock is,” he said. “It should be a first choice for many of our students, and the course allowed them to see what a great program Brock has.”Each September, Brock takes in about 3,000 first-year students who have just graduated from high school. About 25 per cent of them are from the Niagara region. Brock officials want to increase that level of local participation.Statistics show that Niagara residents are nearly 15 per cent less likely to obtain a university certificate or degree than the average for the rest of Ontario. Mandigo said Brock’s outreach efforts will help change this pattern.“Brock is Niagara’s university,” he said. “Education attainment levels are a big priority for us, and we are stepping up our efforts — such as our partnership with Denis Morris — to make university education more accessible.”To continue the progress, Mandigo has a direct message for all prospective students in the region: “Any Grade 12 grads in Niagara who have the qualifications to get into Brock will get a letter of acceptance.”“We still want out-of-region students to come here, but it is a priority for Brock to help Niagara improve its education level and human capital. Moving forward, this can only benefit the region as a whole.” read more

Even Pretending To Be A Professional Tennis Player Is Terrifying

Win percentage for rallies of 10+ shots100%50%33% The next day, Witvoet, Duff and I met at the picnic tables outside Court Suzanne-Lenglen. Witvoet acknowledged that there were plenty of bugs still to work out. He and his fellow 30-something co-founders — Charles Chevalier, the chief technology officer, and Julien Vernay, the chief operations officer — had just installed Mojjo permanently at the club the prior week. “You are one of the early birds,” Witvoet said. “As you’ve seen, it’s not all polished. We know definitely it’s not totally ready.”After matches, the founders compare the footage from the Mojjo camera to the stats and use any discrepancies to hone the system. On their to-do list: a voice-recognition system that detects when players call balls out; social sharing of points so you can, for example, brag about an ace on Facebook, with video; and a gamified system so coaches can set statistical targets — like hitting a higher percentage of service returns in the court — and players can collect badges for achieving them. They’re also considering a pure software version that will allow players to use Mojjo to analyze footage they’ve shot themselves. “Our idea is, in some future, you GoPro yourself, and it’s done,” Witvoet said.Because of the video problems, Witvoet agreed to share with me the raw video of the match. I decided to check the stats for myself. I used a system developed by Jeff Sackmann for his Match Charting Project, which has enlisted volunteers to chart nearly 1,000 pro matches. During my Eurostar trip from Paris back home to London, I alt-tabbed between the video and the spreadsheet to log every shot — its type, direction and outcome.1For example, for one long rally I lost, I entered 4f29b2f2f3b2b2f+1f1# into a cell in the spreadsheet. Then I compared the results with Mojjo’s. They were off, in some cases by a lot.Duff hit 13 double-faults by my count, not the five Mojjo counted. I was making more first serves, but losing those points more often than Mojjo said. Both Duff and I were making more first-serve returns than estimated. And the break-point stats were way off for Mojjo, off even from the realm of possibility: The system showed that I’d faced five break points but been broken six times. (I counted four breaks off nine break points.) When Mojjo rolled out the next version of its software, correcting for problems reading high balls, and applied it to our match video, some but not all of these stats were more accurate — you can see just how accurate for my stats in the table adjacent to this paragraph. Chevalier estimated that the error rate on who won each point was below 5 percent. Score one for humanity over machine, so far at least, when it comes to logging tennis stats. But also score one for the pros, that special subset of humans who have someone doing the statkeeping for them. CARL BIALIK STATSMOJJOMOJJO NEWCARL CHARTING Based on my experience covering tennis, professional players usually remember to bring their tennis shoes to the court. On a June Thursday, as I walked into Courbevoie Sport Tennis outside of Paris, I realized I hadn’t. I was there to try out a new technology from Mojjo — a French company that makes what Emmanuel Witvoet, one of its founders, calls “Hawk-Eye for everyone.” Hawk-Eye is the advanced camera-based system that tennis tournaments use to adjudicate disputed line calls and to provide advanced stats for television. It’s sophisticated, impressive and expensive — out of reach for most amateurs, in part because it uses 10 cameras. Witvoet said he and his co-founders had figured out how to do much of what Hawk-Eye does with just one camera, making it affordable for the masses.Unlike the masses, pro players have ready access to the kind of data that Mojjo was about to provide me. They get all sorts of detailed stats after every match, and at tournaments like Wimbledon, they get more. After matches, they receive DVDs that allow them to toggle between points or watch only, say, their backhand errors. It’s not easy for amateurs like me to get that kind of information, but we are clamoring for it. Some 70 million fitness trackers like Fitbit were bought last year, and smart watches like Apple’s bundle fitness tracking with their smartphone features. In tennis, rackets from Babolat and racket attachments from Sony measure things like spin and speed of shot — but their accuracy is questionable.Now, for one surreal, amazing, frustrating and delusion-shattering morning, I would finally have the data. A camera would capture the flight of the ball, software would analyze what happened on each point, and detailed match stats — my detailed match stats — would be put online. I was treated like a pro, but the data showed me how far I had to go to play like one.My friend Alex Duff came along to help me test Mojjo out. Duff is a data geek and amateur tennis player who once recorded video of one of our matches so we could review our performance later. For this match, we were instead armed with two laptops — so that we could each predict the match stats beforehand.After telling the Mojjo courtside kiosk which of us was serving first, Duff and I took the court atop a light dusting of red clay, the same kind of stuff the pros would play on later that day at the French Open five miles away.I told Duff not to be too self-conscious even though a camera was running. I then proceeded to be incredibly self-conscious because a camera was running. I can’t remember starting another match as poorly as I did this one. My head was full of excuses, and I felt self-conscious every time a club employee walked on court, which was often: I felt his eyes staring at my shoes, as if he were the Mona Lisa.Mojjo was the main problem. I’d recently read the classic book “The Inner Game of Tennis” and knew I was supposed to think less and clear my mind. I didn’t — and instead was rushing during points. Silver lining: That meant we’d play more points in our allotted two hours, and more points meant more data.Despite my struggles, I won the first set 6-3. And after extending my winning streak to six straight games, I started to consider secondary goals, like looking good for the camera. I couldn’t do much about my sweat-stained shirt, but I could at least retuck my shorts pocket after pulling out a ball for a second serve. I promptly lost eight straight points.I started playing a little better and went up 5-3 in the second set. That’s when we played our best game of the match by far. We both hit winners and saved game points. After four deuces, I closed out the set. I asked for one more — and cruised to a 6-0 win.Then the email containing our stats arrived from Mojjo, and our amateur match suddenly felt like an official one. We had numbers that looked, if you squinted sideways, like numbers from the pros. We each had one ace. I hit four double-faults; he hit five. We each made a little over 50 percent of our first serves. These weren’t crazy numbers for a clay-court match by pros. Andy Murray and David Ferrer, two of the best players in the world, had just put up roughly similar numbers in their match at the French Open the day before.The video uploaded to Mojjo’s site later that day, and it was odd — not only because it depicted my awkward-looking one-handed backhand. At times, it showed scores that didn’t make much sense and seemed to include shots hit after rallies were over, like to get a ball back to the server, as part of the match.When I could get past the technical hiccups, I saw that unlike the emailed stats, which could have passed for professional-grade, the video looked nothing like match footage I was used to watching. Even with the unusual perspective of the single-camera wide shot, it was clear that my strokes weren’t Grand Slam-ready. And the tennis looked like it was being played at half-speed. Our bodies and the ball crept through the frame — even when the video wasn’t glitching. Break points converted151510 Break points of opponent’s serve202012 Aces101 First-serve win percentage64%61%57% Double-faults455 Win percentage for rallies of 1-3 shots60%61%64% Percentage of all points won61%61%61% Second-serve win percentage50%51%54% Second-serve returns in percentage81%81%81% Win percentage for rallies of 4-6 shots60%61%61% Special Podcast: Check out Baseline, a U.S. Open mini-podcast with Carl Bialik, Louisa Thomas of Grantland, and others from the National Tennis Center grounds. Listen here, and subscribe to the FiveThirtyEight sports podcast Hot Takedown on iTunes now so you don’t miss an episode! First-serve returns in percentage77%78%85% Second-serve in percentage89%87%86% Win percentage for rallies of 7-9 shots54%54%50% First-serve in percentage53%51%58% Mojjo isn’t the only tennis tracker around. An Israeli company named PlaySight uses four cameras to Mojjo’s one, and its technology is more mature: Clubs have already installed it in about 130 courts. It provides a glimpse of what Mojjo could eventually do and of how a more advanced system could do things for amateurs that even some pros don’t get.Over Skype, PlaySight’s CEO and co-founder, Chen M. Shachar, said his system cost $10,000 per court — about three times what Mojjo will charge — plus a license fee for each facility. As is the case with Mojjo, the club, not the player, pays the PlaySight fee. But clubs most likely pass this cost on to players through higher per-match prices.Shachar said PlaySight has much bigger plans. For instance, he said the software eventually will be able to compare, say, me to its database of other players and tell me how my serve, backhand and other shots compare with the averages. And he envisions an improvement on current systems for remote coaching, which require coaching companies to download and tag video: I could instead share my PlaySight account — including video and data — with a top coach on the other side of the world. That’s better than pros can do when they’re playing on courts without Hawk-Eye.PlaySight already can do things Mojjo doesn’t immediately plan on. For instance, PlaySight live-streams matches. And its courtside kiosks provide in-match stats and video replay. It also offers a level of precision that makes it possible to review line calls, which Mojjo doesn’t.While Mojjo lacks the precision to make line calls with certainty, its camera nonetheless gave me a rare chance to review my own calls. Pros don’t call their own lines, but amateurs like Duff and I do. And I could tell while watching the raw video of my match that I’d made some questionable out calls.That’s not the only lesson I learned from my experience with Mojjo. My serve and volley stinks — I won 25 percent of those points, and that was lucky. My backhand is much weaker than my forehand (43 percent on backhands without slice vs. 63 percent on forehands without slice). I also landed fewer first serves than I predicted I would — and that I thought I had right after the match.I wasn’t nearly as good at intuiting stats while playing a match as I’d thought. Shachar said this isn’t unusual for people in high-stress activities — including sports and higher-stakes contests. PlaySight founders adapted their tennis platform from one they developed to allow fighter pilots to review their actions. “The gap between what really happened and what you think happened is huge,” Shachar said.2Pros, too, can have trouble tracking stats in their head. Gilles Simon, one of the most stat-conscious men on tour, said after defeating big-serving Milos Raonic at the Queen’s Club tournament in London last month that he’d thought Raonic had landed the vast majority of his first serves in the first set, only to learn when looking at the scoreboard between sets that Raonic had made just 52 percent.On the plus side, I learned that statistically, tennis looks pretty similar when played by two people of similar ability, no matter what that ability is. I even found a match that had roughly similar stats and scoreline to my match with Duff. It happened 15 years ago at Wimbledon. The winner was Fabrice Santoro, who like me had unconventional strokes.3He also had the very cool nickname “The Little Magician.” The loser was Andrea Gaudenzi, which sounds a little like Alex Duff in Italian.4To find a similar match, I examined stats from 12,379 best-of-five-set matches made available on GitHub by Sackmann. Then I zeroed in on the 855 straight-set wins with scores closest to ours of 6-3, 6-3, 6-0. Finally, I calculated z-scores for 15 stats in our match and for each of the 12,379 pro matches: seven for each player (ace percentage, double-fault percentage, percentage of first serves that went in, percentage of first-serve points won, percentage of second-serve points won, break points against, and break points converted against), plus the dominance ratio (the ratio of the percentage of return points won to the percentage of serve points lost by the winner of the match). I summed the absolute value of the difference of the z-score for each of the 15 categories for our match and for each of the 855 matches. Santoro d. Gaudenzi came out the closest. Pros: They’re just like us.I also came to a fairly obvious realization that nonetheless troubled me. Before my Mojjo match, I considered myself a smart player, adjusting my tactics to take advantage of each opponent’s weaknesses. But with Mojjo, whatever I learned, my opponent would too — we’d both get the same stat sheets. For instance, from my charting, Duff landed 22 serves directed at my forehand and lost 20 of those points. If he notices that stat, he probably won’t serve to my forehand nearly so often the next time we play. Maybe having post-match stats would help my opponents more than me, by removing what I think is my tactical advantage from having an approximate handle on what’s working and what’s not. There’s also the risk I’d overthink things; even pros like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic said in media conferences at Wimbledon this year that they don’t normally look at their own stats in too much detail.But even if data can’t improve my game, my curiosity is stronger than my competitiveness. Now that I’ve experienced what very few players have, it’s been hard to go back. Each match uncharted feels like a lost opportunity to learn more about my game — including just how ugly my backhand is. While I wait for Mojjo to fix its bugs and come to courts near me, I’m awfully tempted to start filming and charting my matches myself.Maybe I’ll use a GoPro. read more

Mother of British schoolboy who won almost £1m at Fortnite tournament admits

Credit:JOHANNES EISELE/ AFP Altogether, British players won almost $1.4 million, with more money likely to flow from the singles tournament, in which Jackson and his fellow Brit Benjy David Fish (“Benjyfishy”) are tipped to place well.  The mother of a British schoolboy who won almost £1 million in the Fortnite World Cup has said that she tried to hard to stop him from playing the game that she threw out his Xbox and snapped his headset.Jaden  Ashman, 15, will split £1.8 million in prize money with his Dutch team-mate after winning second place in the Fortnite “duos” competition at the Athur Ashe stadium in New York City, which traditionally hosts the US Open tennis tournament.The teenager from Essex, who competes under the name Wolfiez, was among 100 Fortnite players who qualified for the game’s first ever world cup, in which a total of more than £24 million is up for grabs with a top individual prize of £2.4 million.But his mother, Lisa Dallman, said she didn’t “really know much about video games” and had struggled to accept that his skill at Fortnite was more than a frivolous waste of time.”It’s not been a straightfoward journey with Jordan,” Ms Dallman told BBC Five Live. “If I’m honest with you, I’ve been quite against him gaming. I’ve been more pushing him to his schoolwork. I’ve actually thrown an Xbox out, snapped a headset, we’ve had a nightmare. Richard Tyler Blevins (on screen), aka Ninja, speaks to the crowd at the start of the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals - Round Two on July 27, 2019, “Leading up to the game, getting his visa, we had problems with that… then the dog ate his birth certificate. Then work messed up my wages. So three things went wrong before we started heading here.”I had a feeling that Jaden was going to place top 10… he’s come 2nd and I can’t believe it.” More than 100 players representing more than 30 countries competed in Fortnite’s first World Cup, which is attempting to turn the game’s massive international popularity into a glitzy competitive sport. The £24m prize pool is currently the biggest ever offered for any eSports event, though it is likely to be surpassed by the Dota 2 International in August.Ashman surprised many fans on Saturday by winning second place by using a joypad rather than a keyboard and mouse, which allow for finer control.”Me and my mum, we clash quite a lot,” he said after the tournament. “She didn’t understand how it worked, so she thought that I was spending eight hours a day in my room just wasting my time. Mow that I’ve proved to her that I can do stuff, I’m really happy.”Other Brits also placed well in the duos tournament. Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson, 14, who became the youngest ever eSports player when he was recruited by a team aged 13, won half of £363,000 with 6th place, while Mac “Itemm” Gillivray came just behind him at 8th place. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

SEHA F4 in Skopje next weekend – Gaszprom to become official sponsor

← Previous Story No winner in Flensburg – Petar Djordjic is back Next Story → IHF treasurer, CHF president and SEHA chief Sandi Sola to be arrested soon! SEHA F4 SEHA F4 tournament will be held in Skopje next weekend. Four best teams of SEHA regular season will fight for the title, which defends host team – RK Vardar Pro. Even more interesting will be to see the conclusion of story with Russian Oil gigant Gaszprom, who will sign contract with SEHA and become the official sponsor of the competition with great plans for the future. Matches will be played on Friday and Sunday, while SEHA Assembly will be held on Saturday with Press conference about further steps as well…SEMI-FINALS:C.O Zagreb : Meshkov BrestVardar PRO – MetalurgFINAL and THIRD place match on Sunday (19 and 17hrs)HERE YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES read more

Weakest Link host says Charles Haughey groped her

first_imgLooking back, we used to keep lists of men who weren’t safe in taxis, “NST”, and those who were “NSL”, not safe in lifts, they were a bit quicker with their hands than NSTs. WEAKEST LINK HOST Anne Robinson has said that former Taoiseach Charles J Haughey tried to grope her in 1969.In an interview with The Guardian on the issue of sexual harassment in the TV industry, Robinson has discussed her past experiences along with her daughter Emma Wilson.Robinson said that when she got her first job in the Daily Mail the term ‘sexual harassment’ didn’t exist. She recalled one particular incident when she was 25: I think my best experience was with Charlie Haughey, who was then Ireland’s Minister of Justice*. I like to imagine he went to his grave with my bruises on his hands after he tried to grope me during the 1969 Irish elections.center_img *Just one thing Anne, Haughey wasn’t Minister of Justice in 1969. He was Finance Minister.Anne Robinson and her daughter Emma Wilson pictured in 1999 (Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment)Asked by The Sun newspaper about the claims Haughey’s daughter Eimear Mulhern has called the remarks “disgusting” and said her father should be “left alone to rest in peace”.Part one of the documentary series The Outsider details Haughey’s early political life (YouTube/Outis999)Read: Charlie Haughey drama trilogy gets major chunk of €4.5m BAI funding>5 things that were bothering Charlie Haughey in 1981>last_img read more

4K now officially known as Ultra HD

first_imgThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has officially dubbed the next advancement in consumer video resolution as “Ultra HD.” This moniker, or variations thereof — like “Ultra Definition” — have been used in PR literature from various early adopting companies, but this certification from the CEA will now make it a part of the entire industry’s vernacular.Previously, the technology was referred to as 4K because it has a horizontal resolution of around 4,000 pixels. The technology offers resolutions that are nearly four times greater than current 1080p technology.Many major manufacturers are already offering TV sets with this resolution, including Sony, Toshiba, LG, and ViewSonic. These sets don’t come cheap, though.In addition to the high price barrier to entry, the problem with the new standard is that there are very few sources of content. Aside from very specialized pieces of content or equipment, the only real draw for Ultra HD sets is the ability to upscale 1080p media, and of course the promise that more content will be on the way soon.Before being ushered into the consumer market, 4K (“Ultra HD”) displays have been used primarily for commercial purposes, whether it’s digital in-store displays or eye-catching advertisements at arenas or trade shows.To be able to use the newly minted Ultra HD label, displays will need to have a resolution of at least 3840 x 2160, and an aspect of at least 16×9. They also need to have a digital input capable of delivering 4K content. While Ultra HD is still very much a niche market, this move from the CEA should accelerate the pace of content creation, manufacturer support, and eventually consumer adoption.CEAlast_img read more

Choléra la pire épidémie depuis 10 ans sévit dans louest de lAfrique

first_imgCholéra : la pire épidémie depuis 10 ans sévit dans l’ouest de l’AfriqueAfrique occidentale – Les autorités du Cameroun ainsi que celles du Nigéria ont donné un bilan provisoire de l’actuelle épidémie de choléra dans ces deux pays : 225 morts dans le premier, 67 dans le second. Le ministre camerounais de la Santé, André Maman Fouda, a présenté le bilan officiel de l’épisode de choléra qui frappe son pays depuis début mai : 225 victimes, soit 55 de plus que lors du dernier bilan, remontant au 12 août. Bien pire que l’épidémie de 2004, qui avait fait entre 50 et 100 morts, selon les sources. De fortes pluies, qui lessivent le sol et font déborder les puits, participent à la diffusion de la maladie, qui se propage par l’eau. Le manque d’installations sanitaires et d’eau potable saine accentuent le phénomène. L’extrême nord du pays est le plus touché.Au Nigéria, un responsable sanitaire a indiqué que le nombre de morts est passé de 47 à 67 enune semaine, et le nombre total de personnes atteintes de 1.200 à 1.742. Là aussi, c’est principalement la région nord qui est concernée. Le choléra provoque diarrhées et vomissements, qui peuvent entraîner une déshydratation fatale. Le 24 août 2010 à 18:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sunbathing Snake Scares Mailman Outside North Carolina Home

first_imgStay on target Snakes are out and about enjoying the nice weather: A postal worker recently had the scare of his life when he had to reach past a “sunbathing” serpent to deliver mail on his route in North Carolina.The mailman, who wasn’t expecting to run into a slithering reptile on the job, was completely spooked out by the creature, who was peacefully coiled up atop a family’s mailbox in Mint Hill, North Carolina, The Charlotte Observer reported. The family who owned the mailbox contacted Carolina Waterfowl Rescue for help after the postal worker refused to deliver the mail until the snake was removed. Caught on Camera: Copperhead Snakes Mate on Bike TrailRare Two-Headed Timber Rattlesnake Spotted in New Jersey center_img Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, which uploaded a picture of the incident on Facebook, wrote “while we think this adorable little snake makes a great mailbox ornament, the mailman wouldn’t deliver the mail until he was gone. It’s a harmless De Kay’s snake.”Once an eviction team from Carolina Waterfowl Rescue arrived, they found the serene serpent still hanging out on top of the mailbox. The creature was safely transported to a nearby wooded area and the mailbox owners also removed ivy around the enclosure to prevent other critters from hiding there.According to the Virginia Herpetological Society, the De Kay’s snake is nonvenomous and can grow up to an average length of 13 inches. They’re secretive and not found in open areas, and their main sources of food include earthworms and slugs.More on Geek.com:Snake ‘Hitchhikes’ From Florida to Hawaii in Man’s Travel Bag15 Snakes, North America’s Longest, Released Into the WildThis ‘Zombie Snake’ Can Roll on Its Back, ‘Play Dead’ to Protect Itselflast_img read more

GCI Reaffirms Customers Wont See A Change

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday, December 14, to undo “net neutrality” rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. Hannah Blankenship, corporate communications manager for Alaska Communications: “We plan to continue offering unlimited internet, just as we always have. We do not prioritize internet traffic today, nor do we plan to in the future.” According to the release, GCI – one of Alaska’s largest telecommunications and technology company – reaffirmed its commitment to internet freedom. GCI is one of the largest communications providers in this state, and potentially could use a multitiered system that limits lower-cost users from access to fast internet because they don’t pay as much. But GCI pledged not to do that in a press release following the vote on Thursday. GCI Senior Director of Corporate Communications Heather Handyside: “GCI has always been committed to an open internet that gives our customers the freedom to be in charge of their online experience. An open internet means we do not block, prevent or otherwise impair our customers’ freedom to direct their own online activity. This is a commitment we stand by unequivocally. And that will not change.” Alaska Communications echoed GCI’s statement in continuing its commitment to not change after Thursday’s ruling. Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-GCI-reaffirms-customers-wont-see-a-change.mp3VmJennifer-on-GCI-reaffirms-customers-wont-see-a-change.mp300:00RPd The FCC’s new rules could potentially make big changes in how Americans use the internet.last_img read more

Man prints and circulates counterfeit currency after watching YouTube tutorials

first_imgThe I-T department has seized cash in lakhs of rupees all across the country post demonetisation [Representational Image].Reuters file [Representational Image]Delhi Police have arrested a 27-year-old man for circulating fake currencies amounting to Rs 10 lakhs in the denominations of 200, 500 and 2,000.Ravi Sandhu, a native of Ludhiana in Punjab, first started printing fake currencies two years back after he saw a YouTube video tutorial, which showed how to print fake Indian currency notes.Inspired by the video, Sandhu bought a computer and a printer and started printing fake currencies after downloading images of the notes online. He printed the currencies on normal papers and started circulating it in the remote areas of Punjab.But after a short stint, he was arrested by the police due to which he shifted his base to Delhi and started circulating the counterfeit currency in the crowded areas, usually at the bars, liquor shops or weekly markets. He was living at a rented space in Vishnu Garden of southwest Delhi.He was more cautious in Delhi after his first arrest in Punjab and used to play it safe by changing his hideout every three months to not come under the police radar. He also made sure that he never visited the same place twice.The police have registered an FIR against him for printing counterfeit currency and has also initiated an investigation over the matter probing to ascertain whether he had any partners in the crime.Sandhu was arrested by the police from a weekly market trying to make a purchase with the fake currency after they got a tip-off on his activities. The Tilak Nagar police team comprising of SI Anshu and others laid traps and arrested him during his stunt.”We seized 64 notes in the denomination of Rs 2,000, 17 notes of Rs 500 and eight fake Rs 200 notes. If analysed carefully, one can easily find a lot of difference in the quality of the note, paper and thread when compared with original currency,” a senior officer said, reports TOI.last_img read more

The First Full A Series of Unfortunate Events Trailer

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on target Netflix released the first official trailer for its A Series of Unfortunate Events series on Thursday, and if it’s any indication, we’re going to be feeling a lot of misery in the new year.Most compelling about the marketing for the series has been the tone, which Netflix seems to have captured exactly from the books. Lemony Snicket’s young adult series about the tragic events that befall a group of three orphans was incredibly dark but full of absurd humor that could fly over the heads of its target audience.It’s easy to see what kind of atmosphere it’s going for. Just look at what was in the video description for the trailer:“Dear Viewer, The world is vast and full of wonders. So on Friday, the 13th of January, please… watch something else.”We’ve seen a few teasers so far, one which introduces the author himself (played by Patrick Warburton) and another that gives us a first look at Neil Patrick Harris’ Count Olaf.Over the course of 13 books (because of course), Snicket subjected the Baudelaire orphans to many tragic and, um, unfortunate events. Their parents die in a fire, and they get taken in by Count Olaf, who is comically evil and wants nothing more than to get access to their fortune. He locks them up in an attic, tortures them, and even tries to marry the oldest child, Violet, in an attempt to get it. And that’s all in the first book.Be prepared to meet a host of stupid but compelling adult characters and watch them die horribly.The eight-episode miniseries, which also stars Joan Cusack, Alfre Woodard, and Aasif Mandvi, is set to debut, again, in January, on Friday the 13th, on Netflix.last_img read more

DoughnutDelivering Drones Provide Hope for the Future

first_imgStay on target Watch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado PeakGeek Pick: DJI RoboMaster S1 Is an Educational Land Drone First, there were cronuts. Now there are dronuts.No, they’re not delicious fried rings of cake from the Italian city of Dro.Last week, doughnut-toting drones (get it?) delivered confections to public servants across Denver.Boxes of LaMar’s Donuts were flown on Wednesday from nearby parking lots to the mayor at City Hall, as well as workers at local police and fire departments.“This is exciting stuff, and I think as we get ready for not only drones in the air, [but also] for autonomous vehicles, this is our future,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told the Associated Press. “This is how we’re going to become a more efficient 21st century nation, society quite frankly.”Flying “very, very” short distances, the unmanned aerial vehicles took off and landed with human supervision, and were monitored at all times—in accordance with FAA regulations, according to a restaurant spokesman.“We’re doing it completely legal,” Chris Bonnet, CEO of Austin-based Drone Dispatch, which was hired to pilot the dronuts, told the AP. “We have … a safe takeoff location and [at] the landing area is a team member who’s receiving the box of doughnuts.”The Federal Aviation Administration in June released regulations for the commercial use of UAVs, governing drone altitude, proximity to airports, and flying over people who are not directly participating in the service.In this case, LaMar’s dronuts departed from parking lots near the Denver City and County Building, the police department, the fire department, and an alleyway near a pedestrian mall, the AP reported. FAA officials are investigating the operation to ensure full compliance.The high-flying pastries were delivered as part of a week-long celebration dating back to World War I when Salvation Army volunteers made doughnuts for soldiers. Folks across the country scarfed down the sweet treats on Friday, June 2, in honor of National Doughnut Day.Anything that delivers food and minimizes the need for human interaction is a step in the right direction. But LaMar’s isn’t the only one using technology for easy distribution.In 2015, Chinese e-retailer Taobao and partner YTO Express ran a three-day trial, making 450 deliveries of tea in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.last_img read more

Taken in by Tango

first_imgSometimes, in an individual’s life something comes along that transcends all material boundaries while leaving an aesthetic effect on the soul. For Kiran Sawhney, the first professionally trained Tango teacher in India, the aforementioned dance form is what fuels her obsession. Or as she simply puts it, “You don’t choose Tango; Tango chooses you.”Adept in all sorts of dance forms, be it the Indian classical or dances having international flavour like the Salsa and Merengue, Kiran revealed that when she was introduced to Tango, she knew this was what she was meant to do. “I knew it as soon as I came across Tango. After I discovered my unrelenting love for the dance, there was no looking back,” she gushed excitedly. “There are other variations of the dance as well like Ballroom Tango and the Argentine Tango. I, however, deal with the latter,” she added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The innovator of Aqua Tango, a fun twist on the original dance which she combines with aerobics inside a swimming pool, Kiran adds a rather interesting element to her repertoire of training methods. “I have been doing Tango for the past twelve years. Every year I go abroad to upgrade my skill sets so that I can come back here and spread the love of this beautiful art in my country. Though I have been teaching since the last three years, this is not the source of my bread and butter. I am mainly a personal trainer and being able to incorporate my passion into my job makes it all the more satisfying” Kiran said. Talking about the popularity and the scope of Tango in India, she said,” Tango is less than a decade old in India. It’s in the infant stage with the journey of spreading its wings across the country only just beginning. The response that I am getting is very encouraging and hopefully it can only get better from here. The road is hard but achievable.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn asked about her experience of learning Tango overseas she had only positive things to add. “It was a beautiful experience. To go to Buenos Aires and to learn their most popular dance form was a dream come true for me. Till date, I have visited that place three times and it amazes me every time. There are small Milongas there where they outright reject people if they are not good enough. Fortunately for me, that never happened in my case. I got accepted with open arms.” she recalled. She positively beamed when asked about her teaching experience and replied, “Teaching Tango to people has been a beautiful experience, both in India as well as overseas. Institute Cervantes has roped me in to teach there as well. That is an exceptionally proud achievement for me. Being an Indian and teaching a Spanish original dance form has been a surreal experience.”Before signing off, Kiran had a message for all aspiring Tango dancers. “There are three things you should keep in mind if you really want to dedicate your life to this art; perseverance, persistence and dedication. It is not something that you can learn overnight. Don’t lose patience, embrace the musicality and you’ll find this to be a worthwhile experience,” she said.last_img read more