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Murray moves nearer return while Tsitsipas moves into top 5


first_imgWashington: Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray moved closer to a singles return six months after right hip surgery while Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas rolled into the world’s top five Friday at the ATP Washington Open. Britain’s Murray and his brother Jamie, in their first doubles event since the 2016 Rio Olympics, lost to New Zealand’s Michael Venus and South African Raven Klaasen 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/6), 10-7 in a quarter-final at the US Open tuneup event. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMurray has practiced singles this week to improve his conditioning after the long layoff. “I feel fine,” Murray said. “Practice has been fine. No issues physically. So progressing well. Just keep practicing the next 10 days or so and see what happens.” Top seed Tsitsipas beat French 10th seed Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-0 to reach the semi-finals and ensure he will overtake Germany’s Alexander Zverev to crack the world rankings top five on Monday. “Once you’re in a certain position for a long time, you really crave for more,” Tsitsipas said. “This one position difference might not feel a lot for some people but for me it really means a lot because there has been a lot of hard work behind it, just a lot of suffering in general. “I feel I deserve this position. It means a lot for sure.” The 20-year-old Australian Open semi-finalist, who lost to Zverev in last year’s Washington semis, booked a semi-final against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who ousted Slovakian lucky loser Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-3. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I’m excited to play him,” Kyrgios said of Tsitsipas. “He’s one of the best players in the world right now.” Murray, who feared his career might be over after the January operation, hasn’t played singles since the Australian Open but says he might return at the ATP Cincinnati Masters starting August 12. “If I feel like I’m ready, I’ll give it a go. If not, I’ll wait probably until after New York. But so far it has been fine.” Murray, set to play doubles next week at Montreal alongside Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, doesn’t want his first singles matches back to be the best-of-five-set variety offered in Grand Slams.last_img read more


Confidence of investors shaken but Modi govt refuses to acknowledge truth Priyanka


first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday attacked the government over the state of the economy, saying the confidence of investors is “shaken” but the Modi dispensation is refusing to acknowledge the truth. The Congress general secretary also cited a media report which claimed that after pouring USD 45 billion into India’s stock market over the past six years on hopes that Modi would unleash the country’s economic potential, international money managers have sold USD 4.5 billion of Indian shares since June. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “By showing glitter, saying 5 trillion, 5 trillion, everyday or by doing media’s headline management, economy cannot be improved. Investors do not come by sponsoring events abroad,” Priyanka Gandhi said in an apparent dig at Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming diaspora event in Houston. The confidence of investors is “shaken” and the foundation of economic investment has “cracked”, she said in a tweet in Hindi with the hashtag ‘BJP bad for business’. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “But the BJP government is refusing to acknowledge this truth. This slowdown is a speed breaker in the direction of becoming an economic superpower. Without improving this situation, all other razzmatazz is useless,” Priyanka Gandhi said in another tweet. She has been relentlessly attacking the government over the issue of economy in the last few days and demanding answers from the government over the economic slowdown.last_img read more


Greece Australia call on UN Member States to agree to global pact


Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yannis Valinakis said the convention, which is the subject of ongoing negotiations between Member States, “would be a valuable addition to the counter-terrorism legal framework.”He added that Member States must also do all they can to fully implement the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which the General Assembly adopted last year.Mr. Valinakis, who was speaking at the annual high-level debate, stressed that any global counter-terrorism measures must conform to international human rights standards and fundamental freedoms.He said the UN should be strengthened as part of efforts to contain terrorism and deal with major threats to security.“In the face of all these threats and challenges that transcend State borders, we need a more comprehensive concept of collective security based on respect and justice as requirements for peace, as well as solidarity as a condition for security, entailing a commitment from all to promote sustainable development.”Ambassador Robert Hill, the Permanent Representative of Australia, said a global convention “would provide a solid foundation for international cooperation.”Talks among Member States on a draft treaty have been progressing at the UN for years, but have stalled on a number of issues, including the precise definition of terrorism.Mr. Hill stressed that the international community must help countries that fight terrorism, especially “fledgling, democratic States. We must help these States to establish strong democratic institutions and accountable government structures – as State weakness can allow terrorism to fester.”He also called on UN Member States to fully implement all Security Council resolutions relating to freezing the assets of terrorists.“Terrorist organizations must be starved of their funds and support,” Mr. Hill said. 2 October 2007A comprehensive global convention against terrorism must be concluded as soon as possible, the representatives of Greece and Australia told the General Assembly today, calling for the issue to be a priority among United Nations Member States. read more


Ban calls on Israel Palestinians to take steps to transform Middle East


“If Israel continues settlement activity, it will not only be acting contrary to international law but also to a strong international consensus,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestine, held in Geneva.“By contrast, if Israel freezes settlement activity, it would facilitate a new environment of cooperation and common purpose from countries in the region, building on the framework for the Arab Peace Initiative,” he added.In his message to the opening of the two-day gathering, delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, Mr. Ban said that intensive diplomatic efforts were under way to create the conditions for the prompt resumption and early conclusion of negotiations to secure a two-State solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace. “All of us want to see both parties committed to the two-State solution and to their Roadmap obligations, and an agenda of transformative change on the ground.”While welcoming recent Israeli measures to ease closures on important West Bank routes, Mr. Ban said that authorities should also “cease unilateral actions in Jerusalem such as house demolitions.”He also voiced deep concern over living conditions for civilians in Gaza, the unstable political situation in the Strip and the potential for renewed conflict and instability.“While there has been a decrease in violence and an attempt to halt rocket fire, all sides should commit to a complete cessation of violence. More must also be done to ensure that illicit weapons do not enter Gaza and to implement the other key elements of the Security Council resolution 1860.”Highlighting a UN proposal to begin recovery and reconstruction work in Gaza in the wake of Israel’s military offensive against Hamas earlier this year, the Secretary-General called on Israel to open border crossings to allow basic supplies, goods and reconstruction material to enter the area.“Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority must also intensify its efforts on the ground,” said Mr. Ban, expressing regret that Hamas had not renounced violence and committed clearly to existing agreements and a two-state solution with Israel.This week’s meeting in Geneva is being held under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. 22 July 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Israel to freeze its settlement activity in the West Bank and the Palestinian Authority to intensify its efforts on the ground as he stressed the need for “an agenda of transformative change” in the Middle East peace process. read more


UN mission calls on political parties in Haiti to focus on childrens


“Children are the first victims in times of conflict,” MINUSTAH’s child protection expert, Andreas Brandswatter, said. It was therefore important to monitor their rights and strengthen the national capacity to enforce them by training those in charge of these areas, he said.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative Adriano Gonzalez-Regueral said the political parties had to become acquainted with the realities that Haitian children face and change their programmes into plans of action whereby they could grapple with sexual abuse, violence, exploitation and lack of education.The parties had to do this work both during and after the elections, he added.About 40 political parties were participating in the training course in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the next sessions would take place on the 4, 16 and 18 August, MINUSTAH said. read more


Urban Meyer Buckeye defense night and day from early 2013


Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) scans the field during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter allowing 20 points or more in five of its first seven games, the No. 3-ranked Ohio State football team (9-0, 5-0) has buckled down in its last two contests, holding Penn State and Purdue to a combined 14 points.OSU coach Urban Meyer said his defense has come a long way since the team’s 34-24 win over Iowa Oct. 19, the closest margin of victory the Buckeyes have held this season.“The last few weeks is night and day (from) where it was earlier in the season,” Meyer said.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the young OSU defense contributed to the team get off to the slow start it did.“We’ve just been working on our passing game a lot more lately. Everybody’s just starting to get on the same page,” Shazier said. “At first, we had a bunch of guys not used to working with each other.”Sophomore defensive linemen Tommy Schutt said he doesn’t expect the defense to take any steps backward this weekend.“We’re getting better every week, and it’s fun to watch us play right now,” Schutt said.Although Illinois has yet to win a game in conference play, Meyer noted the Illini have been very close to pulling out wins in recent weeks.Meyer said Illinois (3-6, 0-5) is “much better on offense” than earlier this season, and the unit should provide “a great test for (OSU’s defense).”The Illini, who scored 35 points last Saturday against Indiana, are 24th in the FBS in passing yards per game (288.9).Schutt said getting to Illinois redshirt-senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will be key to stopping the Illini’s passing attack.“Every game, one of our goals is to have the quarterback under pressure, uncomfortable in the pocket and really disrupt his game,” Schutt said.Meyer said although he isn’t afraid of the cold affecting his players, he has been checking the weather report for Saturday.“We’re checking the wind in Champaign, Ill.,” Meyer said. “Wind and precipitation is something we always check.”As of Wednesday night, the high for gameday at Memorial Stadium is predicted to be 58 degrees Fahrenheit with a low of 53 degrees Fahrenheit, a 50 percent chance of rain and winds at 17 mph, according to The Weather Channel.Along with the weather elements, OSU has to adjust to a different time zone Saturday as well. The game is set to kick off in Champaign, Ill., at 11 a.m. local time, noon EST.“We’ve got to get up an hour earlier than usual, so we got to get our mindset right,” junior quarterback Braxton Miller said. read more


Freescale launches worlds smallest ARM chip thats designed to be swallowed


first_imgChip manufacturers continue to reduce the size of processors with each new generation. And in doing so, the applications for their use continue to expand. This week, Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the world’s smallest ARM-powered microcontroller (MCU) in a bid to continue that expansion. It’s so small, it can be used in devices designed to be swallowed and is currently 25 percent smaller than any other ARM MCU on the market.The Kinetis KL02 is a tiny MCU as can be seen from the image of it laying on a keyboard key above. It measures just 1.9 x 2.0mm, and yet it includes a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0+ core running at 48MHz, has 32KB of flash memory on board, and 4KB of RAM. It’s also happy operating in temperatures ranging from -40 to 85 degrees Celsius.Freescale developed the Kinetis KL02 in order to support the Internet of Things – the growing number of small and low-powered devices that are connected to the Internet. By developing an ARM chip this small, Freescale hopes manufacturers can design their devices around it and make them much smaller, too. Expected uses include portable consumer devices, remote sensors, devices we wear (e.g. integrated into clothing), and integration with medical products which are small enough to be swallowed or implanted.The Kinetis KL02 is expected to be available from July with each MCU costing around $0.75 if bought in 100,000+ quantities. Freescale will also be supporting the KL02 with its Freedom development platform available from next month in preparation for the July launch.last_img read more


Gamified CAPTCHAs dispense with distorted text


first_imgThe CAPTCHA is perhaps a necessary evil in our world. After all, how else are we supposed to know if someone is a robot or not? Now a new take on these human tests might save us from squinting at blurry squiggles, trying to determine if that’s a ‘3’ or a ‘B.’ Instead, you’ll just play a minigame.The gamified CAPTCHA would consist of a small interactive web element that has you complete some sort of simple task. You might have to click on different locations, or drag something across the screen. Whether you’re putting salad cream on a sandwich, per the example, or feeding a virtual fish, the goal is still to prove that you’re a flesh and blood human that can follow instructions better than a machine.A computer might not be great at recognizing distorted text, but the new CAPTCHAs developed by UK-based Future Ad Labs have another layer. Even if a computer can decypher and input text, it might not have the capacity to interact properly with a game, which requires much more complicated pattern recognition. That’s just a bonus, of course. The main benefit is that gamified CAPTCHAs are not as annoying for real people to use.Gamified CAPTCHAs might have a better chance of catching on thanks to the potential for product placement. Heinz is one of the first companies to sign up for the CAPTCHA games, thus the salad cream. Some companies are sure to jump at the chance to better imprint their products and name on your brain. And the poor souls being paid by spammers to complete CAPTCHAs will have a little more enjoyment in their lives too.last_img read more


Goldman Sachs recommends buying European stocks


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Goldman Sachs upgraded its three-month view on European equities to ‘overweight’, funding the move with a downgrade of US stocks to ‘underweight’.The bank said it has been ‘neutral’ on all regions since the end of March but highlighted the better risk/reward for European equities in mid-June.“European equities have been one of the key asset classes to benefit from a fading of Greek risks following their drawdown. While performance potential might be limited in the near-term after the strong rebound, several supportive fundamental factors should help out-performance of European versus US equities until year-end,” it said.It pointed to a weaker euro against the dollar, valuation support from monetary policy divergence and a pick-up in European economic growth.GS added that historically, non-US equity markets have outperformed US equities in the 12 months after the first Fed rate hike.As far as European indices are concerned, Goldman is ‘overweight’ Italy’s FTSE MIB, Spain’s IBEX 35, Germany’s DAX and the U.K.’s FTSE 250. The bank is ‘underweight’ Switzerland’s SMI and the UK’s FTSE 100.The bank remains ‘underweight’ bonds and forecasts the gradual increase of bond yields to resume once Greek concerns fade.“Inflation is not well priced in long-dated yields and the first Fed rate hike in nearly a decade would increase upward pressure on 10-year yields. However, over the near term, Greek bailout implementation risks might drive lower yields.”GS remains ‘neutral’ on credit on a three-month horizon and its key ‘underweight’ until the end of the year remains commodities, which it said have the strongest negative return potential. “Our commodities team argues global commodities (in particular oil and industrial metals) are in secular bear markets, reflecting a decade of high capital expenditure.”The bank also maintained its view that US dollar-strength will resume against most of the G10 currencies and most pronounced against the euro, yen and commodity currencies such as the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian dollar. “This is driven by better US data and subdued inflation momentum in Europe and Japan, as well as continued commodity price declines.”Source: Digital Look Financial – Michele Maatouklast_img read more


For Mourinho Hazard has matured as a footballer


first_imgAfter Eden Hazard’s honest comments about failing Jose Mourinho during their time at Chelsea, the Portuguese manager responded accordingly.This past week there was a statement Eden Hazard made about Jose Mourinho that surprised everyone, he accepted his part of responsibility when the Portuguese manager was sacked and revealed he apologized to the boss after it happened.Sometimes we don’t realize how much influence the best players can have in their squads, when they are not at their top form it shows in the team’s performance and that is exactly what happened with Eden Hazard.During that season after Jose came back to win the Premier League on his second spell, Hazard confessed that the players asked the manager for more vacation time and he returned in very poor shape.This affected the squad’s performance because Hazard is the top player in Chelsea. Now that some time has passed, the Belgian playmaker understands that he was also to blame for the team’s bad situation and he regretted not playing under Jose Mourinho for a longer period of time.Eden even hinted that he would love working under the Portuguese manager again, something that may or may not be possible in the future. Hopefully in a different league like Spain, for example.JOSE AND HAZARD TO REUNITE AT REAL⁉Could Jose Mourinho and Eden Hazard be set for a surprise reunion at Real Madrid, in light of the player’s comments this week? https://t.co/ddEgkXVDm8 pic.twitter.com/OOeA1PCKEr— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 14, 2018But after Hazard’s comments last week, it was Jose Mourinho’s time to respond and he did it in style with what can arguably be considered high praise between two legends of the game.The Red Devils’ boss recently spoke to Sky Sports ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Stamford Bridge and Jose spoke about the threat that Hazard poses to his players, but he also referred to those comments.“If I only think about Eden, we are in trouble. It’s Eden, It’s Willian, it’s [N’Golo] Kante. It’s really hard to play against a team and focus on one man if that special man is surrounded by special players,” said Mourinho about stopping Hazard this Saturday.“He is a good kid. He was a good kid in my time and now he is a good man, three or four years more maturity he was a kid and now is a man,” added Mourinho about Hazard’s recent comments.“I think he knows how good he is, I think he knows how much he can influence the destiny of his team in the course of a season.”“In my first season he was voted the best player in the Premier League and the team was champion. In my second season he was not very good, but we were not very good.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Then Antonio comes, he was the best player in the Premier League and they won the title again, and he knows that with his talent he can influence the destiny of his team.”Eden Hazard is expecting some special treatment from Manchester United’s midfield at Stamford Bridge today.More: https://t.co/qMVhrNUdN1 pic.twitter.com/blVpCMuRKa— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 19, 2018We seriously can’t wait for this match to start, it’s going to be one of the most exciting fixtures of the weekend in all of Europe and both clubs are already taking the necessary precautions to not lose the match.However, the most difficult task will be for Jose Mourinho because he knows that Hazard is currently at the top of his game and there is very little the opponent can do when great stars are unplayable.Surely there is already a plan in motion to try and stop him, but considering the poor defensive capabilities that Manchester United has at the moment, there isn’t much they can do to avoid getting owned by the Belgian Red Devil.As far as the future is concerned, it would obviously be great watching Hazard play under Jose Mourinho again but the future is uncertain right now. Let us focus on the present for now, and talk about the future after this match is over.The Premier League is back!Time for Merse’s predictions – do you agree?More: https://t.co/11p0dztkcj pic.twitter.com/Jwm0hWc84F— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 19, 2018Which club would you like for Hazard and Mourinho to cross paths again? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


Misick Hanchell question allegations going global


first_img Unknown witnesses under dispute in SIPT pre-trial proceedings Recommended for you Related Items:Gordon Kerr, Helen garlick, mcallister hanchell, mike misick, tomothy o’sullivan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp SIPT Wraps up, Court on Break til February 15 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Feb 2016 – Defendants in the SIPT Government corruption trial want to know who is paying for the website and so called global media campaign which is daily being updated with the Opening Statement presented by Andrew Mitchell. In a media release, the question is asked if the tax payers are footing this bill… the main queries come from Michael Misick, the former Premier and McCallister Hanchell, the former Minister for Lands, who are both on trial. Mr. Misick: “I’d like to know how much this is costing, which taxpayers are paying for it and who is running this operation to make unproven allegations against the defendants in the press?”It is true, this is the most information the media has had since Helen Garlick was hired by the UK for this case; in the trials against Gordon Kerr and Timothy O’Sullivan, attorneys practicing in the TCI, the evidence presented in court was barred from being reported; citing potential reputational damage for the pair. Hanchell added, “We all want a fair trial, but, when we don’t have access to a jury and the state uses taxpayer money to fund a PR blitz against us, you wonder if justice will really be served?” Nine are on a trial to answer the Special Investigation charges of corruption. Misick and Hanchell say the ‘mystery group’ behind the website should be outted. Man cautioned for threatening Mike Misick; Mistrial Motion comes todaylast_img read more


Firefighters Quickly Surround Fire Between La Jolla and Miramar


first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO – (KUSI) A brush fire erupted on the western side of MCAS Miramar, near the 805 Freeway. Fire crews have been battling the blaze since lunchtime.The fire is about 90 percent contained and only burned about 2 acres, but that’s because of the fire crews working fast over a three hour period. Flames could have easily spread to Miramar National Cemetery.Officials stated the fire is under control, but expect to be there until it is fully contained.No structures, including the cemetery, and no injuries have been reported at this time. Firefighters Quickly Surround Fire Between La Jolla and Miramar Ashlie Rodriguez, Ashlie Rodriguez July 30, 2018 Posted: July 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


San Diego State launches new I Am SDSU campaign


first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego State University launched their new “I am SDSU” campaign and KUSI’s Dan Plante has all the details. Dan Plante, San Diego State launches new ‘I Am SDSU’ campaign Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: September 6, 2018 September 6, 2018 Updated: 11:05 PMlast_img read more


People on the Move 052710


first_imgOK! magazine has named Stephen Gregory Barr as publisher, replacing Lori Burgess, who left the magazine last month to serve as publisher at The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, Barr served as associate publisher of sales and marketing at VIV Magazine.Playboy Enterprises elected global investor Kai-Shing Tao to its board of directors. The company says Tao’s experiences and investments in Asia and emerging markets will be “great assets” for Playboy.Keith Sedlak was elected chairman of the Custom Content Council. Sedlakserves as chief marketing officer of Meredith Integrated Marketing. F+W Media named Nancy Soriano publisher and community leader for its Crafts business. Previously, Soriano served as editor-in-chief of Country Living magazine. Her appointment is effective May 27.Cara Deoul Perl was appointed vice president and creative director of corporate sales and marketing at Time Inc. Most recently, Perl served as vice president of creative marketing at the Condé Nast Media Group.Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Randall-Reilly promoted Michael Newman to the newly-created position of director of interactive marketing, construction. Previously, Newman served as electronic media manager for Equipment World magazine.last_img read more


Sweden arrests man for terrorist crime after truck attack


first_imgDamage to a store is revealed after the stolen truck, which was driven through a crowd outside a department in Stockholm. Photo: AFPSweden early Saturday arrested a man for a “terrorist crime” hours after a beer truck ploughed into a crowd outside a busy department store in central Stockholm, killing four and injuring 15.The man was arrested “on suspicion of a terrorist crime through murder,” Karin Rosander, a communications director at the Swedish Prosecution Authority, told AFP.Police said earlier on Friday after the attack that they had detained the man who “matched the description” of a photo released of a suspect wearing a dark hoodie and military green jacket.But they did not confirm if he drove the truck.According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, the same man is a 39-year-old of Uzbek origin and a supporter of the Islamic State (IS) group.If confirmed as a terror attack, it would be Sweden’s first such deadly assault. The 15 injured included children and nine people were “seriously” wounded, health authorities said.Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said he had strengthened the country’s border controls.“Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behaviour, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is what we’re going to do. So terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never,” he said.The attack occurred just before 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) when the stolen truck slammed into the corner of the bustling Ahlens store and the popular pedestrian street Drottninggatan, above ground from Stockholm’s central subway station.Pictures taken at the scene showed a large blue beer truck with a mangled undercarriage smashed into the Ahlens department store.Witnesses described scenes of terror and panic.“A massive truck starts driving … and mangles everything and just drives over exactly everything,” eyewitness Rikard Gauffin told AFP.“It was so terrible and there were bodies lying everywhere… it was really terrifying,” he added.The truck was towed away in the early hours of Saturday.TrappedPolice cars and ambulances rapidly flooded the scene after the attack, as central streets and squares were blocked off amid fears that another attack could be imminent.Helicopters hovered overhead across the city, sirens wailed, and police vans criss-crossed the streets using loudspeakers to urge people to head straight home and avoid crowded places.But with the metro system and commuter trains shut down for several hours after the attack, other streets heading out of the city were packed with thousands of pedestrians trying to find a way home.Haval, a 30-year-old sales clerk who didn’t want to reveal his last name, was in the metro at the time of the attack.His train stopped immediately and he had to get out, along with all the other passengers.They walked along the street before being ushered inside a nearby hotel for safety.“We were suddenly trapped inside a hotel and there was the worst kind of horror in there,” he told AFP.“We were scared, we were scared something else would happen, he added.‘Bleeding to death’Marko was in coffee shop near the scene with his girlfriend when he saw the truck ram into the store.“He hit a woman first, then he drove over a bunch of other people … We took care of everyone lying on the ground,” he told Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet.Hasan Sidi, another passerby, told Aftonbladet he saw two elderly women lying on the ground.He said people at the scene urged him to help one of the women who was “bleeding to death”.“One of them died… I don’t know if the other one made it,” Sidi said.“The police were shocked. Everyone was shocked.”‘You can’t break us’In an editorial, Sweden’s biggest broadsheet Dagens Nyheter wrote: “What we feared for a long time finally happened.”“The fear and panic right after the incident was inevitable. The images from the attack were terrible,” the paper said.But Stockholm managed to stay “cool-headed” even though the attacker struck “Sweden and Stockholm’s heart”, it added.Friday’s attack was the latest in a string of similar assaults with vehicles in Europe, including in London, Berlin and the southern French city of Nice.The deadliest came last year in France on the July 14 Bastille Day national holiday, when a man rammed a truck into a crowd in the Mediterranean resort of Nice, killing 86 people.Last month, Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old convert to Islam known to British security services, killed five people when he drove a car at high speed into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before launching a frenzied knife attack on a policeman guarding the parliament building.And in December, a man hijacked a truck and slammed into shoppers at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.In 2014, IS called for attacks on citizens of Western countries and gave instructions on how they could be carried out without military equipment, using rocks or knives, or by running people over in vehicles.last_img read more


Nvidia announces GeForce NOW game streaming launches October 1st for 7


first_imgNvidia started offering its GRID game streaming service as a free beta on Android-powered Shield devices last year. All along the implication was that eventually there would be a paid version of the service, but the launch date for that service was pushed back several times. Now it’s happening, and it comes with a new name. GRID is becoming GeForce NOW, and it launches tomorrow, October 1.GeForce NOW will cost $7.99 per month, the same as the base Netflix subscription. This is a comparison Nvidia loves to draw. For that price, you get access to over 50 streaming titles at no additional cost, and this selection will expand over time. These are mostly games that are a year or two old, but there are some real gems like the Batman Arkham games and the Lego franchise.Nvidia is really hoping you’ll like GeForce NOW enough to buy more games, though. In addition to the included titles, there will be new AAA games like The Witcher 3 and Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. You’ll pay $20 to $60 for these games and they’ll only be accessible via GeForce NOW if you keep paying your subscription fee. Sounds like a bummer, right? Well, Nvidia will also provide you with a Windows download key for GeForce NOW purchases, so you won’t be locked in. That’s great.So why call it GeForce NOW? The name at least implies that desktop PCs will be included, but that’s not the case. GeForce NOW is only available on Shield devices for the time being like the Shield Android TV. This device will also be able to render several games in native 4K resolution with a 4K TV. The GeForce NOW name comes from the service’s use of GeForce video cards in Nvidia’s servers. All the rendering of the game happens there at maximum settings, then the video of the game is streamed to your device, and your inputs are streamed back.GeForce NOW works surprisingly well now that Nvidia has had time to work out the kinks. The great thing about having the GeForce NOW servers rendering your game is that all the effects and graphics technologies are set to maximum. In a game like The Witcher 3, even a powerful gaming PC will get bogged down when you enable the highest texture resolutions, long draw distances, and Nvidia Hairworks. GeForce NOW handles that no problem. There is a bit of pixelation noticeable in dark areas when your download speed fluctuates, but those with a fast connection shouldn’t have real problems.You’ll need 12Mbps down on your internet connection for 720p resolution. GeForce NOW bumps it up to 720 60fps at about 20Mbps, and 1080p 60fps at 50Mbps. As long as you’re in the 20s, it should be largely indistinguishable from a regular console game. GeForce NOW will start accepting sign-ups tomorrow in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and South Korea.last_img read more


3D Printed Holiday Ornaments Why Not


first_img It’s not every year that advanced manufacturing geeks can get jazzed about decorating for the holidays.But MakerBot is bringing together the world of 3-D printers and interior decorating. The New York City-based 3-D printer manufacturer has launched a contest for designs of 3-D-printed holiday ornaments.The contest is co-sponsored by Studio 360, a public radio show hosted by Kurt Anderson. If the winner of the ornament contest is in the U.S., he or she will get a $1000 voucher to travel to New York City and participate in a live Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson event on Dec. 17 with the CEO of MakerBot, Bre Pettis. If the winner is located outside the U.S., then the winner will participate in the Dec. 17 event through Skype.Related: Need a Prototype? 3-D Printers Coming to UPS Stores“Ornaments are always fun to create and often have special meaning to individuals and families, so it will be awesome to create some favorite holiday ornaments or design new ones that can be shared on Thingiverse and 3-D printed to give to family and friends,” Pettis said in a statement.A winner will be selected based on the originality of the design, the appropriateness of the holiday theme and the viability for the design to be made with a 3-D printer.Submit your design and see other ornaments on the MakerBot website here.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In Computers 2 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 27, 2013last_img read more


Meet the Costa Rican woman who saved 300 lives in Guatemala


first_img Facebook Comments When Fuego Volcano erupted in Guatemala on Sunday, June 3, a Costa Rican working in the area was ready to act.Evelyn Ordóñez is the manager at La Reunión Golf Resort Hotel and Residences in Alotenango, Guatemala,  according to the Guatemalan media organization Nómada. Ordóñez, 46, has worked in the tourism industry for 25 years, and has been at La Reunión since 2014.When she saw volcanic activity beginning on Sunday, Ordóñez made the call to evacuate a full two hours before the peak explosion. She coordinated the prompt removal of 300 people, thus saving their lives, Nómada reported.“When I saw the simultaneous explosions from the hotel’s lobby, I understood they were not the usual ones [we had seen] before. We began evacuating at 11:30 [am] and finished at 12:55 pm when I left. We evacuated 300 people, all alive, but what happened in the community is very painful,” Ordóñez told Nómada in an interview published on Wednesday. The manager had to interrupt her interview with Nómada twice in order to help people at shelters in the community. She said her primary interest was to create awareness about the situation and how to help.“Please help spread that there’s still life. Please make donations in cash. Many people need to be buried in a dignified way. People are the most important asset and they must die with dignity. We’ll rise up and we’ll move on. We’ll shine like the sun again,” Ordóñez told Nómada.As for how to help, Ordóñez emphasized that people in Guatemala can provide food, personal hygiene items, clothing, boots and mattresses.“There’s a collection center in Alotenang  called Monja Blanca where you can give all the help needed. We need hygiene articles, shoes, preferably boots, mattresses, blankets and food more than anything. Your help is deeply appreciated and we’ll make the distribution and transportation with the logistics that La Reunión has for its workers, families and affected communities,” Ordóñez told Nómada. Authorities in Guatemala: search for survivors ‘almost impossible’ Related posts:Sorrow and gratitude in the shelters of Guatemala Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officials Authorities in Guatemala: search for survivors ‘almost impossible’ Guatemala continues search for volcano victims as more eruptions occurlast_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter The Tasmanian travel i


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Tasmanian travel industry is first off the rank to educate travellers about making the right choice when using a travel agent. Running across radio, print and internet, the new consumer campaign message is simple: make sure your travel agent is ATAS accredited to ensure you receive the most value out your travels.ATAS stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme and is the accreditation scheme for Australian travel agents created by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). The ATAS scheme requires travel agents to adopt a consumer code of conduct and to fully comply with all Australian Consumer Law, providing protection for customers when purchasing travel-related products and services.The Tasmanian campaign, “Pack Some Peace of Mind”, will run through September and October with the support of the Tasmanian Government.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


HERNDON Va – Audi aims to create as much onscr


first_imgHERNDON, Va. – Audi aims to create as much on-screen excitement in its second Super Bowl ad as the players create on the field. Inspired by iconic Hollywood chase scenes, actor Jason Statham, known for his action-packed roles in the “Transporter” series, “Snatch” and “The Bank Job,” rushes from decade to decade to avoid capture, trying to find a vehicle to aid his getaway. He finds that several other luxury vehicles fail to get the job done. That is, until he finds the supercharged Audi A6, the company’s redesigned, mid-sized luxury sedan. This ad will mark Jason Statham’s first time doing a Super Bowl commercial.www.audiusanews.comlast_img