Cong., Akalis at odds over Punjab festivities

first_imgWhile preparations for celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev are apace, the ruling Congress is at loggerheads with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab over the holding of a key event at Sultanpur Lodhi.Bid to woo votersIn the run-up to the Assembly by-polls in Punjab, slated for October 21, both parties are slugging it out to woo the Panthic (Sikh) voters against the backdrop of the celebrations. By-polls are to be held for four Assembly constituencies in the State.The Congress and the SAD have been trading charges with each other over the politicised preparations. While the SAD has accused the Congress-led State government of “trying to create a new history” by holding a separate programme from that being organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at Sultanpur Lodhi, the Congress has alleged that “the Badal family” was trying to create hurdles and attempting to exploit the occasion for petty political gains.As the tussle over the event continues, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “Religious institutions have their own sphere and the SGPC, a democratically elected religious body, has been conducting all religious functions. The Congress should not try to create a new history.” Week-long celebrationsThe Punjab government is celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary over a week from November 5-12.Punjab Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa alleged, “The ‘Badal’ family was creating hurdles in the joint celebrations of [Guru Nanak Dev’s] 550th anniversary as the design was to lord over the celebrations,” he said, adding that Mr. Sukhbir Badal was now purposely spreading the misinformation.last_img read more

Raptors rout Magic as Kyle Lowry bounces back

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “He did a great job of bouncing back,” Leonard said. “He’s a pro. That’s what pros do, they know it’s just one game and they come in the next game ready to play.”Lowry, who missed all seven attempts in Game 1, shot 8 for 13 and led his team with seven assists.“He was big time tonight,” Nurse said. “That’s him at his finest.”Siakam said Lowry was visibly more tuned in Tuesday than he was Saturday.“From the jump he had that fire in his eyes,” Siakam said. “That’s the Kyle we know.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Leonard scored 12 points in the opening quarter as the Raptors led 26-18 after one.“Their defense set the tone for the game in the first quarter,” Clifford said.Lowry scored 11 points in the second and Siakam added six, putting Toronto up 51-39 at halftime. Orlando shot 13 for 40 in the opening two quarters.Leonard connected of seven of nine attempts in the third, scoring 17 points. The Raptors outscored the Magic 39-27 to take a 90-66 lead into the fourth.“At halftime, I thought we had settled down,” Clifford said. “Then, at the beginning of the third quarter, they were good and, frankly, we were awful.”TIP-INSMagic: Orlando missed its first five free throw attempts before Ross made two of three at 2:11 of the first. The Magic shot 8 for 16 at the line in the first half and finished 13 for 24. … Ross had 15 of Orlando’s 17 bench points in the first half. … The Magic were outscored 52-36 in the paint. … Orlando has outrebounded Toronto in all six meetings this season.Raptors: Lowry snapped his scoring slump by splitting a pair of free throws at 10:48 of the first, leading to thunderous applause. He was cheered again after hitting a 3 at 6:52. … Only four players scored in the first half. Leonard had 17, Lowry 15, Siakam 12 and Serge Ibaka 7. … Toronto has won nine straight playoff games in which it makes more 3-pointers than its opponent. Toronto shot 11 for 35 Tuesday, while Orlando was 9 for 34. … G Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) was not available despite practicing the previous two days. … Toronto is 8-8 all time in Game 2s.TURNED OVEROrlando had just 11 turnovers in Game 1 but gave the ball away 17 times in Game 2, including on both of its opening two possessions. MOST READ LATEST STORIES “If we’re going to make this a long series, and hopefully we will, we’re going to need to be stronger with the ball,” Gordon said. “Simple as that.”HOME SWEET HOMEOrlando has won nine straight at home and is unbeaten on its own court since a Feb. 22 loss to Chicago.“We feed off the crowd, we like their energy,” Gordon said.UP NEXTGame 3 is Friday night in Orlando.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH teams Pasig, Balanga hope to pull off surprises in FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masterscenter_img Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, right, falls after being fouled by Orlando Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams (7) during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was “at his finest” in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse.Fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard wasn’t too bad, either.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Leonard scored 37 points, Lowry bounced back with 22 and the Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 111-82 on Tuesday night, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at one win apiece.Pascal Siakam had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed and led by as many as 34.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 3 is Friday night in Orlando.Leonard said Lowry “led us in intensity,” helping the East’s No. 2 seed avoid a 2-0 hole. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Despite playing in foul trouble for much of the night, Leonard finished with a career playoff-high 15 field goals. He made his first nine attempts from inside the arc before missing a layup.Leonard shot 15 for 22 before leaving to a standing ovation with 4:46 remaining and Toronto ahead 104-73.“Leonard was great,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “What are you going to do? He was great.”Leonard’s career playoff high is 43, set with San Antonio against Memphis on April 22, 2017. He made 14 baskets in that game.“Tonight he was just in a groove, getting downhill, getting to his spots,” Lowry said. “He’s a player who knows where he wants to be on the floor and when he gets to those spots, he’s pretty tough to guard.”Aaron Gordon scored 20 points, Terrence Ross had 15 and Evan Fournier 10 for the Magic, who won the opener 104-101 on a tiebreaking 3 by D.J. Augustin with 4.2 seconds to go.Nikola Vucevic, who shot 3 for 14 in Game 1, struggled again in Game 2, going 3 of 7 and scoring six points.“They did a good job taking away a lot of my strengths,” Vucevic said. “I’ve just got to figure out a way to be more aggressive, be more efficient offensively.”Augustin, who had 25 points Saturday, shot 1 for 6. Seven of his nine points came at the free throw line.Orlando didn’t score for almost five minutes to start the game, missing its first six shots and four straight free throws. The drought ended when Gordon rebounded and scored on Vucevic’s miss from the line at 7:14 of the first, answering an 11-0 Toronto run. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Textbook states 36-24-36 best figure for females: CBSE files FIR against publisher

first_imgOn April12, social media went viral with an image of physical education class 12 textbook suggesting ’36’-’24’-’36’ is the best figure for females. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Saturday has filed an FIR against the publisher under Section 6 (indecent representation of women (Prohibition) Act 1986).  CBSE issued an official statement day after the news stating, “CBSE does not recommend books by any private publishers to the affiliate schools. Rule 15.1 (d) of the Affiliation-bye-laws of the Board clearly states that the school will follow the syllabus on the basis of curriculum prescribed by NCERT/CBSE and textbooks published by NCERT or CBSE as far as practicable.”After setting up a committee of experts and reviewing the contents of the book, the board said:The shape, size, figure have been inappropriately described which are not in consonance with the spirit of the syllabusThe author has written out of context, the textbook is not strictly as per the syllabus as being claimed by the publisher/authorThe publisher and the author have committed criminal misconduct by publishing and selling these books to the students in connivance with some schoolsIn the process, the publisher has caused wrongful loss of reputation, goodwill and credibility of CBSE.About ‘Health and Physical Education’ Book:The class 12 textbook titled ‘Health and Physical Education’ is authored by Dr. V.K. Sharma, Professor Department of Physical Education, DAV College, Cheeka (Kaithal) Haryana. The Book is published by New Saraswati House (India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi The book is designed to promote health and fitness amongst youth.The curriculum includes the following topics:advertisementSports and NutritionYoga and LifestylePhysiologyPsychologyTrainingBio-mechanicsSports etc.The Board neither subscribes nor encourages irrelevant, sexist or derogatory references to any gender specially women.Read: CBSE textbook case: ”36-24-36” perfect figure? Prakash Javadekar to take action Read: CBSE to do away with grace marks for class 12 board exams: HRD to take decision soon For more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Kyrgios Leads Aussie Hopman Win

first_imgPERTH, Australia — Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova had singles wins over Ukraine to lead Australia Green to the Hopman Cup, the country’s first title in the mixed teams event in 17 years.Gavrilova’s 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory over Elina Svitolina gave Australia a 1-0 lead before Kyrgios clinched the title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.Australia’s only previous Hopman Cup title came in 1999, when Mark Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic beat the Swedish pair of Jonas Bjorkman and Asa Carlsson.The last time Australia reached the final was in 2003, when Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik were defeated 3-0 by Serena Williams and James Blake of the United States.Kyrgios won all four of his singles matches and combined with Gavrilova for an unbeaten mixed doubles run.Against France on Jan. 8, Australia Green was down a set point in the mixed doubles. If they had lost, Britain’s Andy Murray and Heather Watson would have qualified for the final.But Gavrilova made a clutch cross-court volley before Kyrgios helped seal the 2-1 win in which the Australian team also faced a match point in the match tiebreaker.Gavrilova trailed 6-1 in the second-set tiebreaker Jan. 9 before reeling off seven straight points to secure victory.“I played a tournament in under-12s, and it was a super tiebreaker, and I was down 9-1 and I ended up winning,” Gavrilova said.“I just literally told myself to settle down, just stop thinking of everything. Just think about how to win every point. I just played free.”Kyrgios took the first set in 26 minutes before securing an early break in the second set.“It’s an event that’s been held for a long, long time — before I was even born,” the 20-year-old Kyrgios said ahead of the final. “It’s pretty special. Especially me and Dasha (Daria) — we grew up together in juniors.”After Australia’s win, Kyrgios dedicated the title to his former coach Darren Tandy, who died last month of colon cancer.“He was a good mate of mine actually,” Kyrgios said of Tandy, who was coaching Britain’s James Ward before he died.“I spent a lot of time with him on tour. It’s definitely a sad time. I want to honor this win to him.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoTarkowski pleased to captain Burnley to FA Cup win

first_imgTarkowski pleased to captain Burnley to FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender James Tarkowski was pleased with their 1-0 FA Cup win over Barnsley.Tarkowski was delighted to lead Burnley to the victory and cap a near perfect week for the Clarets.“I played a bit out there when I was in the youth team at Oldham so I had a slight experience of it, but I enjoyed myself out there,” said Tarkowski, who was pressed into action with Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton both out injured.“I thought Barnsley played some good football but in the main we were quite secure at the back, which is always important in games like this – not to give away too many chances.“And in the second half we had a couple of good chances and the penalty at the end, which gave us a great chance to win the game and which Woody put away.“He’s on a nice little streak now and hopefully he can keep that up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

College GameDay Is Basically Being Broadcast Through A Blizzard In Kalamazoo

first_imgKirk Herbstreit speaks in the snow on College GameDay.ESPN’s College GameDay is basically being broadcast through a blizzard in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday morning.The ESPN College GameDay staff gets to go on some really cool trips, but we imagine they’re all less-than-thrilled with Saturday’s situation. College GameDay is currently being broadcast through a blizzard in Kalamazoo ahead of tonight’s Western Michigan vs. Buffalo matchup. Sam Ponder, in particular, is getting the worst of it out in the crowd.Fans though, showed up in droves. Some aren’t even wearing shirts – they’re crazy.Is this happening? Yes, this is happening!#RTBGameDay #rowtheboat #GetUpKalamazoo pic.twitter.com/2AOVP46mX9— WMU Football (@WMU_Football) November 19, 2016Sam Ponder having a tough morning out there pic.twitter.com/ICHDPuplgz— The Spun (@TheSpun) November 19, 2016Watching @CollegeGameDay is great. Watching @KirkHerbstreit preach the game in the snow is gold. Happy Holidays!❄️☃️ #collegegameday pic.twitter.com/ymznLVOAkr— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) November 19, 2016This is fine pic.twitter.com/E6gGUqsOIc— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 19, 2016College Gameday in the snow in Kalamazoo. Gotta love it! pic.twitter.com/bqcNDh7172— Chris Tunno (@TunesSTL) November 19, 2016Assuming both Michigan and Ohio State win on Saturday, the staff won’t be leaving that area of the country, either. It’s assumed GameDay will head to Columbus for the Buckeyes vs. the Wolverines next week.last_img read more

Upset Alert: Country’s No. 6 Team Is Losing With 10 Minutes Left

first_imgWisconsin football fans pack the stands for a game.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 16: Wisconsin Badgers fans cheer during the game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Camp Randall Stadium on September 16, 2006 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers defeated the Aztecs 14-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)The biggest upset of the 2018 college football season is now less than 10 minutes away from being finalized.Wisconsin, ranked No. 6 in the latest top 25 poll, is now losing to unranked BYU at home.It’s BYU 24, Wisconsin 21 with roughly 9 minutes left in the contest. It’s being televised on ABC.The Cougars just took the lead on a 45-yard field goal.Southam’s 45-yard #MACU3 FG has the distance!! @MountainAmericaBYU 24 – WISC 21 | 4Q 9:58#BYUFOOTBALL #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/OBNlP8vsgX— BYU Football (@BYUfootball) September 15, 2018Wisconsin has struggled to put teams away all season. Still, this is not encouraging for a team hoping to make the College Football Playoff.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Riding with Rome Snowboards

first_img How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The New Gerber Explore Collection Offers Up Great Holiday (or Anytime) Gift Ideas Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Level Even though the holiday season is over, the winter sports season is still in full swing. If you are planning to hit the slopes before the spring, there is a snowboard brand you should be aware of—Rome SDS.Rome SDS was founded in 2001 by Josh Reid and Paul Maravetz, two longtime snowboarders from the sport’s earliest days in the 1980’s. The duo felt that the winter sports industry was lacking in products driven by the actual snowboard community, so they decided to start their own company.Based out of Waterbury, Vermont, Rome is designing some of the most innovative snowboards on the market. Their No Hang-Ups 3D camber, with its diamond design in the base, has been a hit in the industry. As the guys at Rome told us, “The diamond allows the board to feel really playful and still deliver power and directional stability on the snow.”  One of the team’s favorite designs is the CrossRocket, which features Rome’s No Hang-Ups Pop profiling and is “a board that can do anything.”Since Reid and Maravetz have been tied to snowboarding’s salad days, they pay homage to the sport’s history. All of their designs are an attempt to incorporate the original “3D” (three surfaced) designs of the earliest snowboards with some of the best technology available today. As the team explained:“Our gear is built around the feedback we get from passionate snowboarders—pro riders, our supporters who wok in snowboard shops all over the world, and our in-house employees who all snowboard. We’re constantly testing and gathering feedback to make the best product available.”If you know snow, and want to impress your friends and girls alike, get yourself on a Rome snowboard today.Watch an explanation of the technology behind some of Rome’s designs below.last_img read more

Euronavs 1Q Profit Slashed

first_imgzoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav recorded a profit of USD 34.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, considerably lower from USD 113.5 million posted in the same period a year earlier.The drop comes despite improved freight rate performance compared to the second half of 2016. The average daily time charter equivalent rates (TCE) for the company’s very large crude carrier (VLCC) vessels stood at USD 41,147 and for Suezmaxes at USD 23,880 during the quarter.EBITDA for the period amounted to USD 101.3 million, lower from EBITDA of USD 176.4 million seen in the first quarter of 2015.“Q1 2017 was a confirmation of our thesis: short term challenges but a positive medium structure building for the tanker sector. Asset prices look to be bottoming out in our view confirmed by emerging buying interest from industrial players. However, short-term outlook retains a cautious tone with nearly a quarter of the large tanker order book scheduled for delivery during Q2 2017 and newbuilding contract activity picking up short-term albeit only in the VLCC sector,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, pointed out.The company said the ordering of tankers in the first quarter was disappointing because 15 new VLCCs have been ordered during the first quarter.According to the company, the biggest challenge facing the tanker market at present is the concentration of tanker deliveries. The first quarter saw 27 VLCC equivalents delivered to the global fleet – a number which will be repeated during the second quarter. Absorption of these new, un-vetted vessels will occur during a seasonally weak period and will provide a sustained challenge for tanker operators over the summer months.Otherwise, crude oil markets remain “close to balance” according to the most recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report. Consensus forecasts expect inventory levels to reduce toward more normalized levels during the rest of 2017.“Euronav retains substantial balance sheet capability and fixed income visibility to navigate through a period of lower freight rates and/or to take advantage of expansion opportunities. The duration of the challenging freight rate environment will be entirely dependent on the number of additional orders to build new ships that are not needed by the market,” Rodgers added.During the first quarter of the year, Euronav took delivery of two VLCC resales, Ardeche and Aquitaine from Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) Samho shipyard.last_img read more

Parting with the peacocks Saskatoon zoo moves birds for ethical reasons

first_imgSASKATOON – There are no more peacocks at Saskatoon’s Forestry Farm Park and Zoo following a decision to move them somewhere better equipped to house them year-round.Manager Tim Sinclair-Smith says it was an ethical decision based on what happens when the birds aren’t allowed outside.Sinclair-Smith says the peacocks roamed around in the summer, but were locked in cages for up to seven months in the winter.He says the zoo would have had to spend $500,000 to build a winter facility.Officials chose instead to move the birds in the early spring to facilities with better housing such as zoos in Calgary and Toronto.Sinclair-Smith says it was felt the money could be better spent improving the zoo’s habitats for endangered species.(CKOM)last_img read more

Kent Nagano stepping down from Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 2020

first_imgLucien Bouchard, chair of the orchestra’s board of directors, is praising Nagano’s leadership, creativity and discipline and says he will “leave an indelible mark on the institution.” MONTREAL — Kent Nagano says he’ll be leaving as musical director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra when his contract expires in 2020. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:center_img Nagano has headed the MSO since 2006. “Following a decade and a half as music director, it seems like a natural transition point at which to change the nature of our relationship and we are presently enjoying creative discussions about the directions in which that could lead,” he said in a statement. As international orchestras map out their seasons years in advance, management says it will move quickly to establish a plan to select Nagano’s successor. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The California-born maestro and the orchestra will continue to collaborate on various projects beyond 2020. The orchestra wanted Nagano to stay on as music director.last_img read more

Tesla delivers record number of vehicles cuts prices 2000

first_imgDETROIT — Tesla says it delivered over 245,000 electric cars and SUVs last year, nearly as many as all previous years combined.The company also says it’s cutting prices of its three vehicles by $2,000 to help customers handle the gradual phase-out of federal electric vehicle tax credits. On Jan. 1 the federal credit for Tesla buyers dropped from $7,500 to $3,750. It will gradually be phased out this year.The company’s sales included almost 146,000 Model 3 lower-priced cars and another 99,000 of the more expensive Model S sedan and Model X SUV. The Model 3 starts at $35,000 but still can’t be purchased for under $45,000.The company says it made nearly 87,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter, 8 per cent above its previous quarterly record set in the third quarter.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN experts call on Israel Palestinians to abide by rule of law

27 September 2010A United Nations monitoring committee is concerned that Israel may not have investigated all allegations of serious humanitarian violations during its deadly conflict in Gaza 21 months ago and said there is no indication that Hamas seriously investigated alleged abuses on its part. But the committee – appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to assess domestic, legal or other proceedings by Israel and the Palestinians over allegations raised in the report of the UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission into the Gaza conflict, known as the Goldstone Report – noted that the Palestinian Authority, in control of the occupied West Bank, was prepared from the very start to cooperate with it.The Goldstone report stated that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were guilty of serious human rights violations and breaches of humanitarian law during Operation Cast Lead, which Israel said it launched to counter missile attacks from Gaza. More than 1,400 Gazans were killed and 5,000 others injured, while homes, schools, hospitals and marketplaces were reduced to rubble.“The committee views its report as a call to both sides to strictly abide by the rule of law,” Chairman Christian Tomuschat said today in presenting its findings to the Council. “The committee hopes and trusts that both sides will heed the findings of the report of the committee in their pending and forthcoming dealings with the offences that were committed during the Gaza conflict.”The committee noted that Israel had “indeed taken steps to address some of the many complaints made,” he added, regretting its refusal to admit committee members to speak with its own investigators, but citing such positive measures as new procedures for the protection of civilians in urban warfare and the establishment of a doctrine on munitions containing white phosphorous which can gravely burn people.“However, the committee remains concerned that not all allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law have been investigated.”Mr. Tomuschat noted lack of information substantiating whether the probe complied with international standards, “a fundamental lack of transparency,” and the issue of impartiality where the military advocate-general is both an adviser to the Government involved in planning the Gaza operations and responsible for referring cases for criminal investigation.“It also appears that Israel has refrained from conducting a general review of the military doctrine regarding legitimate military targets as opposed to civilian targets,” he said. “The [Goldstone] Fact-Finding Mission rejected the Israeli viewpoint that the entire governmental infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, including the Legislative Council building, was a legitimate target.”The committee was also unable to visit the Gaza Strip, where Hamas seized power from the Palestinian Authority in 2007. “Unfortunately, the two reports the committee has received from the de facto authorities in Gaza did not indicate that a serious investigation into the violations alleged in the report of the fact-finding mission took place,” Mr. Tomuschat said, noting that they focus primarily on allegations aimed at Israel. Because of Israel’s refusal the committee was also unable to visit the West Bank, but he welcomed the way the Palestinians had investigated the allegations through an independent commission.“However, actual steps would have to be undertaken with a view to implementing the results of the investigation, in particular by commencing criminal prosecution against the alleged perpetrators where appropriate,” he said. read more

Emmy Awards viewership plunges to 69 million people

NEW YORK — Emmy Award viewership plunged to 6.9 million people, a drop of 32% from last year.The Nielsen company says it’s the first time ever that viewership for television’s biggest awards show has slipped below 10 million viewers.The show, telecast Sunday night on Fox, had no host and competed with a popular NFL game on NBC.The ratings illustrate a growing disconnect between the TV-viewing public and television academy voters. While a popular series like HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won best drama, the less-seen Amazon series “Fleabag” earned best comedy.Last year’s Emmys, with 10.2 million viewers, had been the previous least-watched edition of the Emmys.The Associated Press read more

Facebook makes deal with Washington AG to halt discriminatory ads

first_imgFacebook will be legally required to end its practice of allowing businesses to block certain groups like blacks, gays and immigrants from viewing ads under an agreement reached with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.The Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into the social-media giant and successfully bought 20 fake Facebook ads that excluded various ethnic minorities in late 2016. The ads, all approved by Facebook, were in some cases blatantly racist: One housing ad contained a headline specifically stating that people of certain ethnicities need not apply; another was looking for a white tenant.On Tuesday, under pressure from the investigation, Facebook signed a legally binding document in court in Seattle requiring it to shut down the advertising tool for businesses looking to exclude demographics protected under state law.The practice, first unveiled in a series of ProPublica articles that sparked the attorney general’s investigation, is one of several issues facing Facebook’s lucrative advertising network, which allows anyone from presidential candidates to the local flower-shop owner to micro-target its billions of users.When advertisers launch a campaign, Facebook offers a drop-down menu where they can select what types of people won’t see their ads, which it calls “exclusion marketing.” A landlord could advertise an open apartment and make sure black Facebook users couldn’t see it, for instance — an apparent violation of fair-housing laws.last_img read more

Elderly couple robbed at home after withdrawing thousands of dollars

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An elderly couple was robbed in West Miami-Dade after crooks slashed their tires at a bank and followed them to their home.A 90-year-old woman and her 89-year-old husband spoke with 7News about the troubling robbery, Monday.Victim Gwen Peiffer said her husband drove home with the slashed tires and pulled into their garage at their home at Northwest Fifth Street in May. That’s when a robber ran into their garage, grabbed the woman’s purse with $11,000 inside, pushed her husband and fled the scene.The Miami-Dade Police Department released surveillance video Monday of the robbery.Peiffer said she withdrew the large sum that day to pay bills and gifts and said it all happened within seconds. “I had just opened the door. Mark was here, and he pushed Mark against the car, and he just pulled the purse off my shoulder, as I was going in here,” Peiffer said. “That’s it. I thought I was going nuts.”She said the robber sprinted out of the garage. “It didn’t seem real, but he ran, and boy, he ran,” she said.Police said they are looking for a white van that could be seen on surveillance. They are also looking for two robbers who were involved. If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

South Florida girl donates popular dolls to Miami schools on Valentines Day

first_img“To have children know there is someone else out there that loves me, other than my parents, and think I’m beautiful, that’s Zoe’s heart,” Mindingall said.Cultural appreciation and self-awareness is Zoe’s way of promoting love.Zoe learned the important lesson of giving from her mother, who every year at Christmas asked Zoe to give away one of her favorite toys to someone less fortunate.FOR MORE INFORMATION:Zoe’s Dollshttp://zoesdolls.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A savvy South Florida girl teamed up with Hasbro to promote self love on Valentine’s Day and celebrate Black History Month by giving away popular dolls.The toy company is helping dozens of young South Florida girls feel the love this holiday by handing out Zoe’s Dolls just in time for Valentine’s Day and Black History Month.Ten-year-old Zoe Terry, the CEO of Zoe’s Dolls, is behind the giveaway. “I thought dolls would be a great way to show your image is beautiful,” she said.Zoe, alongside Hasbro, will donate 150 Baby Alive Dolls to girls in Pre-K and first grade at three Miami public schools, Tuesday.“She’s letting them know that they are beautiful, regardless of skin tone and of course, self love,” said Miami school board member Dorothy Bendross Mindingall.7News caught up with Zoe at Olinda Elementary in Miami where she explained why she chose Valentine’s Day to share her message. “I was bullied when I was 5 years old, so I wanted to let little brown girls known that their image is beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you your image is not beautiful,” she said. “Dolls bring girls happiness, and Valentine’s Day is about happiness and loving, and they love their dolls.”Zoe, who said she’s not an entrepreneur, but a “girl pre-nuer,” has been giving away dolls on Valentine’s Day for the past five years. last_img read more

6 baby animals born within 7 days at Zoo Miami

first_imgZoo officials also noted that the party isn’t over, as they’re expecting a giraffe and another Giant Eland to be born in a few days.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Zoo Miami is celebrating a baby boom after six baby animals were successful delivered on their premises within seven days.All of the newborns are female and were delivered by different mothers.  Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo MiamiThe first birth occurred on July 2, when a female Addax was added to a community of 66 other white antelopes born at the zoo. They are considered to be one of the world’s most critically endangered animals.A female Grévy’s zebra, also known to be endangered, was added to the Zoo Miami family on July 5.Following her birth came a Arabian Oryx, welcomed into the world on July 7.July 8 was the most eventful day when three babies, one Grévy’s zebra and two Giant Elands, were born. last_img read more

Why your Roombas random patterns make total sense

first_img CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home 24 Electrolux iRobot Neato Robots Inside our test room are objects and challenges designed to mimic what a robot will encounter as it cleans a room. That includes constructs designed to mimic large furniture like sofas or dressers, smaller objects like lamps or table and chair legs, and even surface irregularities like carpets, transitions between flooring and electrical cords. A camera mounted above captures a bird’s-eye view of all the action. From there we can figure out the path each vacuum takes during its cleaning cycle. This system also allows us to calculate how much of the floor a machine actually covers, and the time it takes to do it.   15 Photos Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) reading • Your Roomba takes a weird path to clean the floors in your home. Here’s why it matters See All Preview • Electrolux’s robot vac scans objects to map its path See it Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Pure i9 Vacuum Cleaners Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Electrolux Pure i9 The way a robot vacuum travels around the room as it cleans really matters. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Any robot vacuum cleaner will remove at least some dirt from your floors. How much ground it covers, though, and its behavior moving through rooms will vary a great deal from model to model. The most important factor behind this is a robot’s navigation system. Its navigation technology, together with software, determines a vacuum’s actions. That plays a massive role in how well a given robot cleans a space, or even hunt for garden weeds. As you might expect, some robot vacuums perform the task better than others. Read more: How to prep your house so your robot vacuum won’t get stuck.Fortunately, our brand-new robot vacuum testing room at our warehouse lab in Louisville, Kentucky, can help us show the differences between robot vacuums, including how well they perceive, interact and otherwise move around in a physical space.  robot-vac-group-shot-1To break in our new test room, we ran nine current robot vacuum models across its floor. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Robot navigation on a budget There are three main types of systems robot vacuum cleaners typically use to navigate a space. The first is a simple collection of collision, wheel, brush and cliff sensors. They tell robots when they hit or are about to hit objects. With that information, they can slow down or change course altogether. Additionally these sensors help vacuums avoid falls down flights of stairs. You tend to find these systems in budget robot vacuums. The upside is they cost a lot less than more complex machines. The $349 SharkNinja Ion S87 and $199 Eufy Robovac 11S are examples of products with this style of navigation. eufy-black-navBasic robot vacuums equipped with collision and proximity sensors, like the Eufy RoboVac 11S Max here, bounce around obstacles to find their way, but miss a lot of open floor space. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET The downside is that they operate in a random fashion, bumping into things and veering willy-nilly around the room. The very first iRobot Roombas did the same. Sadly that results in incomplete floor coverage. Spots in tight places (corners, table and chair legs) get lots of repeat attention. Open areas, however, are likely vacuumed once (or perhaps not at all) since the robot travels in a straight line until it detects something in its path. deebot500-covThis image is designed to show the actual area the robot covered for cleaning. As you can tell, the Ecovacs Deebot 500 was very inconsistent.  Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET These machines take a long time to run too, roughly three times as long as the most advanced robot vacuums need to attack the same area. Sure, long clean times won’t matter much if you tend to vacuum when nobody’s home, and have all day to do it. When company is due to arrive in 45 minutes, or other time-limited situations, that’s a problem. Visual or optical navigation Other robot vacuums combine the basic array of collision sensors with a main visual sensor that’s augmented by a lens. These vacuums use a navigation algorithm called VSLAM (or visual simultaneous location and mapping). The optical system can identify landmarks on the ceiling, as well as judge the distance between walls. irobot-roomba-i7-navThe iRobot Roomba i7+ shows a more logical, thorough navigation path thanks to its optical technology. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET VSLAM also calculates the vacuum’s relative position in a room in real time, letting the bot create a map as it cleans. Robot vacuums that operate this way navigate a room with greater efficiency, systematically cleaning the floor in a logical pattern. They won’t waste time vacuuming areas of a room the robot knows it has already travelled over. As a result, they can cover the same area in a shorter time, and with better coverage than a robot based only on physical sensors. iRobot’s current line of Roombas, such as the $1,099 i7+ and $1,299 S9+, have this kind of navigation system. The same is true of higher-end Ecovac models like the $499 Deebot 711. i7-covThat optical navigation translates to much more thorough coverage across our test room floor. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Visually driven robot vacuums have a few drawbacks. Since their optical sensors need at least some amount of ambient light present, they have trouble finding their way in completely dark rooms. Compared with basic models, you’ll pay extra for these more intelligent robots too.   Laser navigation Another way robot vacuums can sense their environment is with lidar (light detection and ranging). It’s the same sort of technology you’ll find in many self-driving car prototypes such as those from Waymo and Uber. All Neato Botvacs use this method, including the $829 Botvac D7 Connected, the company’s current flagship model. Here’s a view of the Neato Botvac D6 Connected using its laser LIDAR SLAM system in our test room. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Top-tier Ecovac Deebots like the $549 Ozmo 930 have built-in lidar too. In this sophisticated system, a turret-based laser mounted on the top of the robot vacuum illuminates objects to help the robot figure out their location and distance. Vacuums equipped with lidar can also detect the size and shape of things in their path. neato-botvac-d6-connected-navGuided by lidar, the navigation pattern of Neato’s Botvac D6 was very systematic, optimizing its pathing to get the job done completely, and in a short amount of time. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET They actively scan their surroundings too. That’s why these machines tend to cover floors with extreme efficiency For instance, both the Neato Botvac D7 and Botvac D6 cleaned our test room floor in just under 21 minutes. The $349 SharkNinja Ion S87, with its basic navigation, spent 1 hour and 9 minutes cleaning the floor of our test room. Likewise, two budget Ecovacs machines, the $279 Deebot 500 and $249 Deebot 600, both had cleaning times of over 1 hour (60 and 64 minutes respectively). The longest though was the $199 Eufy RoboVac 11S Max (100 minutes, 34 seconds), also the cheapest model in this group.   neato-botvac-d6-connected-covEven with a pathing plan that looks sparse, the Neato Botvac D6 managed to cover essentially the entire test room floor. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Shorter runtime isn’t the only benefit to lidar. Paired with the SLAM (or simultaneous location and mapping) algorithm, these robots also create detailed maps on the fly. You can perform useful interactions with those maps too. For instance, you can drop virtual boundaries within them, or make restricted zones at will for the robot to avoid. These vacuums also navigate in the dark if necessary. All that is great. Just remember you’ll pay a premium for these machines. They typically occupy the ultra-high-end rung of the market.   Hybrid systems A new approach a few robot vacuums take is to combine multiple navigate technology into one system. That includes brush, cliff, wheel and optical sensors, as well as laser emitters. There aren’t that many products that do this at the moment. One you can buy today is the $499 Electrolux Pure i9. This unique robot vacuum is equipped with a pair of front-firing lasers. Sitting in the middle of them, on the vacuum’s front face, is also a big optical sensor behind a lens. electrolux-pure-i9-navThe Electrolux Pure i9, using a hybrid navigation and sensor system, definitely missed areas of our test room floor. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Even with all that tech, the Pure i9’s movement through our test room appeared confused. It didn’t roll along confidently like the Neato and Roomba machines. Instead it muddled through it in fits and starts, constantly pivoting in different directions. The Electrolux Pure i9 uses a hybrid optical and laser navigation system. Even so, it often looked confused rolling across our test room floor.  Brian Bennett/CNET With so many tools, as well as enhanced software and processing power, robots with hybrid navigation have the potential to offer unheard of levels of automation and intelligence. I think the upcoming Ecovacs Deebot 960 looks especially promising. Ecovacs says the vacuum will be able to actually identify objects like shoes, clothing and piles of toys. electrolux-pure-i9-covRobot vacuums with hybrid sensor systems have promise. The Electrolux Pure i9 is one, but it didn’t cover our test room floor as well as other machines. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET And the company says the robot’s AI-based recognition will learn new objects over time. Perhaps that list will include pet messes and other wet, goopy or sticky debris. That would be a welcome update, potentially saving your flooring and your carpet from becoming even messier than before the robot vacuum started cleaning. A note on our new robot vacuum testing room We’ve conducted straight-line, cleaning performance-based tests for robot vacuums in the past, but that really only tells part of the picture about how well a robot vacuum will clean your home. How well it can navigate a space, how much area it actually covers and how long it takes are all important factors, too. To help us capture that information, we built an industry-standard testing room, as specified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the international standards body that, among other things, governs robot vacuum testing methods for manufacturers. center_img Look for more robot vacuum testing from us in the near future. For now, we can at least say conclusively that not all robot vacuums are the same, and the way a bot navigates around a room will impact not only its cleaning performance, but also how long it takes to get the job done. $499 Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Share your voice See It 3:43 Mentioned Above Electrolux Pure i9 Lasers, sensors and robots, oh my: Some robot vacuums… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $614 Some robot vacuums have a better sense of direction than others Tags Now playing: Watch this: Comments •last_img read more