9 months agoTottenham defender Serge Aurier arrested before Man Utd defeat

first_imgTottenham defender Serge Aurier arrested before Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Serge Aurier was arrested before defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.The Daily Mail reports the 26-year-old was held the night before Sunday’s defeat by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Wembley after an alleged argument with his partner. Aurier missed the clash against United.Aurier denies the accusations of assault and Hertfordshire Police released the full-back without charge. It remains to be seen whether Aurier will face internal disciplinary procedures from Tottenham following the incident.A Tottenham spokesman confirmed: “We are aware of an incident concerning Serge Aurier this weekend. The player was released without charge.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer: Inside Man Utd we know we’re on right track

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Inside Man Utd we know we’re on right trackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the club knows they’re on the right track.Despite struggling to make it past Sky Bet League One side Rochdale on penalties in midweek and failing to impress as they meekly lost 2-0 at West Ham last week, Solskjaer says he believes in the principles they are trying to instil in the squad.He said, “I never said it was going to be easy this season. There is going to ups and downs and highs and lows.“When we lose a game, go through difficult periods it is time for us to trust what we are doing and keep working to the principles that we believe in. It’s not about changing direction every time you lose.“Every game in the Premier League is winnable, but also loseable. It’s fine margins.“Sometimes you’re happy and smiling because you’ve won a game and sometimes you are angry because you’ve lost a game. But deep down you know we are on the right way.” last_img read more

Ministry of Agriculture seeks feedback on growing farming, protecting farmland

first_imgsupporting farmers and ranchers in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to expand and diversify their businesses;helping new or young farmers become established on the land and in business; andensuring there is flexibility for residential options while prioritizing agriculture in the ALR.“Helping farmers, protecting farmland and increasing food production are top priorities for our government and we want to continue the momentum we’ve created – it’s driving the success of this sector in our province,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “Our government is working hard to expand B.C.’s agriculture industry. We are increasing access to locally grown and raised food, and helping rural communities diversify their economies and create sustainable jobs.”Since there have been recent changes by the government to strengthen the ALR and Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), the ministry is hosting six in-person sessions, along with the ALC, throughout B.C. to discuss the purpose and context of the changes. The sessions will also focus on gathering input from people on the three stated challenges with the goal of supporting B.C. farmers and ranchers.In response to feedback heard at the 2019 Union of BC Municipalities Conference, the ministry will be adding additional sessions. When meeting details are confirmed, further information will be available online; CLICK HEREThe engagement period runs from Sept. 19th to Nov. 15, 2019. An engagement summary report will then be prepared and made public.If you miss the Dawson Creek session next is Prince George, Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Coast Prince George – 700 Brunswick Street – Prince George, BC“A healthy agriculture industry is critical to protecting a farmer’s most valuable resource – their land, now and for generations to come,” said Jennifer Dyson, chair of the ALC. “I look forward to continuing to hear from farmers and ranchers and everyone who cares about the incredible capacity of B.C.’s agricultural land base to produce a bounty of food and farm products on ways to do so.” DAWSON CREEK, B.C. –  Residents of the region are invited to an engagement session to have their say on how best to encourage farming and protect farmland throughout British Columbia.Being held today, Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Encana Events Centre, the Ministry of Agriculture is holding their engagement session.British Columbians are encouraged to share their insights and opinions on how to best address the following challenges;last_img read more

Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar quits ahead of IMF deal

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar abruptly quit the Cabinet on Thursday before securing a crucial multi-billion dollar IMF bailout package for the cash-strapped country, amid mounting criticism by the opposition and business community over the handling of the economic crisis. Umar, who recently returned from a trip to the US in which the details of Pakistan’s next International Monetary Fund bailout were finalised, said he has obtained Prime Minister Imran Khan’s consent “to not take any cabinet position”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “As part of a cabinet reshuffle, prime minister desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance,” said Umar, one of the close aides of the prime minister. “However, I have obtained his consent to not take any cabinet position.” Later, addressing a press conference here, Umar said that it was time to make some “difficult decisions” to stabilise the economy and that he hopes his replacement would be supported in their efforts. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “I don’t know if there has been a conspiracy or not (to remove me) but all I know is that my ‘captain’ (Imran Khan) wanted to see me in the role of the energy minister. I did not think that would be a great idea so I refused,” a visibly upset Umar said. Prime Minister Khan-led government and Finance Minister Umar in particular have faced mounting criticism by opposition parties, members of the business community and citizens over the handling of the economic crisis. Cash-strapped Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the IMF to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country’s economy. Pakistan has so far received a total of USD 9.1 billion in financial aid packages from friendly countries like China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the current fiscal year. “We have finalised the IMF agreement on much better terms than before. It is the time to take difficult decisions; I have made these decisions, I refused to take the decisions that would have crushed the nation,” Umar said. Responding to a question, the finance minister defended his performance and said “Who says that I have failed in achieving what I wanted to achieve?” He said the new team will look at things with fresh eyes and they can come up with better decisions. “I believe that this decision should be made as soon as possible … we are about to go to the IMF, we are about to present the budget. This is already too late, the next person should have come in earlier, at least a month ago,” Umar told reporters in response to a question on his replacement. It was immediately not clear who will replace Umar. The new finance minister’s first priority would be to finalise the much-needed bailout package with the IMF to overcome the financial crisis. Finance Minister Umar said earlier this month that a mission of the IMF would visit Islamabad soon after the spring meetings of the World Bank Group, which includes the IMF, and an agreement should be signed by the end of this month. On Monday, the Pakistani media reported that a major reshuffle was on the cards in the Finance Ministry. However, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry denied the reports of the reshuffle. “There is no truth in reports regarding changes in posts of federal ministers. The prime minister has the power to change ministers and the media should play a responsible role on this subject,” he tweeted.last_img read more

Smart lightbulbs could be exporting your personal data to China

first_img 5 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 3:16 7 ways smart home devices can help you sleep better Tags Comments Smart lightbulb at CES 2019. David Becker / Getty Images Today, you can operate almost everything in your house from your phone. But, like most technology, nothing is perfect. While smart lightbulbs themselves aren’t dangerous, the apps and platforms that control them might be. Last month, Dark Cubed, an American cybersecurity company, released its State of IoT Security report and detailed potential security threats in smart home devices. Dark Cubed said it purchased several in-home smart devices that can be found at Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy or other stores and tested their security. While the company said that it wasn’t surprising that most of the apps weren’t secure, the IoT (Internet of Things) lightbulbs were even worse. According to Dark Cubed, simply dimming your smart lightbulb could be enabling real-time location sharing. “What was surprising was the fact that some of these devices, such as the IoT lightbulb, were so insecure that it is beyond what could be considered a mistake,” Dark Cubed reported. “We found that the extent to which the manufacturers and infrastructure associated with these devices communicate with, or is related to, China is shocking and has significant national security implications.”The company also noted that while most IoT devices are manufactured in China, some of the tested devices and their companion apps were secure and didn’t share data.”Unfortunately, consumers have no ability to differentiate between the safe and the dangerous devices given the lack of focus on security by retailers,” Dark Cubed said in its report. Mobile Securitylast_img read more

WATCH Metro Employee Saves People From Burning Car

first_img Share Metro’s board honored rail technician Leang “Terry” Ear for his quick action after a car crash on the East End light rail line.At its December meeting, Metro’s board honored an employee who saved two people from a burning car.Early on the morning of November 20, Leang “Terry” Ear was working an overnight shift as a technician on the East End light rail line. He was flagged down by a passerby after a vehicle carrying two people hit a safety barrier and caught fire. Ear and the passerby rushed into action and pulled the driver and passenger to safety. Both people survived the crash.The entire incident was captured on security video.last_img read more

BJP wont get more than 160 seats

first_imgBelpahari, Dantan, Keshiari (West Midnapore/Jhargram): Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi “the biggest disaster” on Sunday, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said BJP will get around 150-160 seats in the Lok Sabha polls and it will be Bengal, along with other friendly states, which will form the new government at the Centre.Banerjee on Sunday addressed three election meetings at Keshiari, Dantan and Belpahari. The areas fall under Midnapore and Jhargram Lok Sabha constituencies, where election will be held on May 12. She urged people to throw Modi out of power to save the country. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn Keshiari, Banerjee said: “BJP will not get more than 150 to 160 seats in the Lok Sabha polls. They will not get a seat in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Bengal. From 73 seats their margin will come down to 13 seats in Uttar Pradesh and they will not be able to get seats in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Bengal, along with our friends in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh, will form a secular and pro-development government in Delhi.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee reiterated that BJP is spending money to buy votes. “They are spending Rs 1,000 to attend rallies and Rs 5,000 to buy votes. They are also giving two-wheelers to people.” Manas Bhuniya and Birbaha Soren are contesting from the Midnapore and Jhargram seats. Banerjee has changed both the candidates who had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Actor Sandhya Roy was elected from the Midnapore seat, while Uma Soren had won from Jhargram. Bhuniya will face BJP state president Dilip Ghosh in Midnapore. Besides addressing the election rallies, Banerjee also took part in road shows and urged people to cast their votes in favour of Trinamool candidates.last_img read more

John Batter Video and music metadata specialists G

first_imgJohn BatterVideo and music metadata specialists Gracenote has appointed John Batter, the former CEO of movie and TV streaming service M-GO, as its new CEO. Batter will take up the role on September 2, leading Gracenote’s day-to-day operations, setting its strategic direction and driving growth for the firm’s core metadata and technology businesses.He will report to Peter Liguori, president and CEO of Tribune Media – Gracenote’s parent company – and joins as Tribune Media aims to expand its metadata business to meet growing international demand from TV and music customers.“As we look to develop and grow our metadata business, we decided to bring in a CEO with strong operational experience to lead this effort globally. John’s strong digital experience in on-demand streaming services and video games combined with his studio experience make him a terrific fit to lead Gracenote into the future,” said Liguori.Tribune acquired Gracenote in 2014 and combined it with Tribune Media Services (TMS), a provider of EPG and TV data for North America, Latin America and Europe that has expanded into India, the Middle East and Asia with the acquisition of What’s-ON.Batter was most recently CEO of M-GO, a streaming service created as a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor.Prior to M-GO, Batter was president of production at DreamWorks Animation, where he led the company’s worldwide production, post-production, technology and studio finance divisions. Earlier in his career, Batter held leadership roles at videogame firm Electronic Arts.In July Samsung announced it was closing its Samsung Video and Media Hub at the end of the month, transitioning users over to the M-GO movie and TV rental service.last_img read more

Amazon Prime Video is to bring original reality se

first_imgAmazon Prime Video is to bring original reality series Hear Me. Love Me to its platform, based on the concept of blind dating.Shilpa Shetty KundraThe format takes a single female looking for love and sets her up on three dates. She’s not allowed to see what her dates look like, and will combine “modern day technology with the rules of old world romance” to find her perfect match.The contestant will not leave her room the entire time and simply watch the daily lives of her potential dates via a camera, which they carry. Her date’s face is never shown.Hear Me. Love Me. is hosted by actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra (pictured) and produced by FremantleMedia India.Vijay Subramaniam, director of content at Amazon Prime Video India, said: “This show is fun and fresh and we believe it will appeal to our current and future Prime members. It is based on the premise of choosing a date, but with a big twist and in a never before seen format in India. I think Shilpa is a great fit for this show and the audience will love the role she plays in this Prime Original.  We’re excited to add Hear Me. Love Me. to the slate of innovative shows we’re making for our Prime members.”The show is the latest investment in Indian content by Amazon, which has brought in Indian originals such as Inside Edge and Their.last_img read more

Musicians and scientists to research mind and music at Rice University conference

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.eduMusicians and scientists to research mind and music at Rice University conferenceCross-disciplinary seminars offer new understanding of music’s role in human cognitionDistinguished neuroscientists and musicians from around the world will gather at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music June 13-17 to collaboratively explore music’s role in human cognition and behavior and present the latest research findings from this emerging field of study.  Through a series of in-depth morning seminars, the scientific researchers will be introduced to music theory and history while the musicians learn concurrently about brain morphology, music perception and experimental design. More thanjust a research symposium, “Exploring the Mind Through Music” will offer free public lectures each afternoon and evening. “For the first time in a setting like this, music fellows will train with scientists and science fellows will study with musicians, learning in greater depth about each other’s disciplines, methods and current perspectives,” said Anthony Brandt, conference organizer and associate professor of composition and theory at Rice. “We hope to spur new research collaborations and get neuroscientists and musicians more actively talking to one another and to the public.”  Having grown since its 2009 inauguration, the conference will include 15 scientific and 15 musical fellows who were selected from more than 125 applicants. During the conference, the fellows will reside on campus in the university’s residential colleges and eat together in the serveries. The fellows will take seminars with star faculty from Rice and the Texas Medical Center on topics such as music comprehension, the basics of human cognition and the mind-body connection.  The evening lectures will be given by world-renowned experts, including David Huron, head of the Ohio State University Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory; Robert Zatorre, a cognitive neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University; Aniruddh Patel, an evolutionary biologist at the Neurosciences Institute; and Fred Lerdahl, a composer and music theorist at Columbia University. Huron and Zatorre will offer a talk on music and emotion, and Patel and Lerdahl will discuss music and language. “The goal of art and the goal of brain science are really not so different: to access, explore and understand what’s going on inside of ourselves,” Brandt said. “Brain science is beginning to show that human thinking is fundamentally creative. Working in tandem, art and science can help us to deepen our understanding of who we really are.”  “Exploring the Mind Through Music” is presented by the Shepherd School of Music, the Humanities Research Center and Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts and Medicine, with support from Rice University’s Faculty Initiative Fund.  For more information, visit www.rice.edu/mindandmusic/. To interview Brandt or any of the conference participants, contact Jessica Stark, assistant director of media relations, at stark@rice.edu or 713-348-6777. AddThislast_img read more