• Should The Devils OneMan Machine Be The NHL MVP

    Source: 41988PITM. Lemieux168D. Quinn79+89 No. 1 scorerNo. 2 scorer 281980EDMW. Gretzky137B. MacDonald94+43 171991QUEJ. Sakic109M. Sundin59+50 21983EDMW. Gretzky196M. Messier106+90 111996MDAP. Kariya108S. Rucchin44+64 211981CGYK. Nilsson131G. Chouinard83+48 61984EDMW. Gretzky205P. Coffey126+79 101991LAKW. Gretzky163L. Robitaille91+72 71986EDMW. Gretzky215P. Coffey138+77 121989DETS. Yzerman155G. Gallant93+62 Taylor Hall’s place among the NHL’s top one-man offensesBiggest difference between a team’s No. 1 and No. 2 scorers, 1951-2018 292008WSHA. Ovechkin112N. Backstrom69+43 191993PITM. Lemieux160K. Stevens111+49 91985EDMW. Gretzky208J. Kurri135+73 131986PITM. Lemieux141M. Bullard83+58 With days left in the NHL regular season, the race for the Hart Trophy — the league’s MVP award — is as wide-open as it’s been in years. The defending winner, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, once again leads the league in scoring … but his team will miss the playoffs. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov ranks second, but he cooled off after a red-hot start (and he has to share credit/votes with teammate Steven Stamkos anyway). The leading goal-scorer, three-time MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals, doesn’t even crack the top 10 in total points. And while Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon is the betting favorite for MVP, he’s hardly a lock at only fifth in points and 10th in goals.Right into the middle of this fracas has skated New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, who has been scorching hot in the second half of the season and is seemingly willing New Jersey back into relevance. Hall, who earlier this year had a franchise-record 26-game point streak, now has seven goals and 15 points in his last seven games, including this short-handed game-winner Sunday against the Canadiens:The Hall-for-MVP case mainly rests in just how vital he’s been to the Devils’ offense this season. Hall has either scored or assisted on 39 percent of New Jersey’s goals, almost single-handedly dragging the team to its current 12th-place ranking in scoring. The Devils’ second-leading scorer, 19-year-old NHL rookie Nico Hischier, has notched 51 points on the season — 42 fewer than Hall’s team-leading tally.1For good measure, Hall has had a hand in nearly half of Hischier’s points this season. Not only is that easily the biggest gap in the NHL this year (No. 2 is the 35-point gulf between McDavid and Leon Draisaitl), it’s the biggest the league has seen in a decade and the 30th-biggest difference between a team’s leading scorer and runner-up in a season since 1950-51: 161979MTLG. Lafleur129S. Shutt77+52 142001FLAP. Bure92V. Kozlov37+55 151993TORD. Gilmour127N. Borschevsky74+53 181982WSHD. Maruk136R. Walter87+49 81987EDMW. Gretzky183J. Kurri108+75 202006WSHA. Ovechkin106D. Zubrus57+49 11982EDMW. Gretzky212G. Anderson105+107 241994LAKW. Gretzky130L. Robitaille86+44 231993NYIP. Turgeon132S. Thomas87+45 SeasonTeamPlayerPointsPlayerPointsGap 251999PITJ. Jagr127M. Straka83+44 262006NYRJ. Jagr123M. Nylander79+44 272006PITS. Crosby102S. Gonchar58+44 To find a bigger gap than Hall’s lead over Hischier, you’d have to go back to 2007-08, when Ovechkin topped fellow Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom by 43 points. It’s no coincidence that most of the biggest differences on that list came in the high-flying offensive era of the 1980s and early ’90s, or in the first few seasons after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Today’s game isn’t really set up for a player to shoulder as much of his team’s offensive burden as Hall does for the Devils — but New Jersey has made it work anyway. According to, the Hall-centric Devils have a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs.And there’s no question the Devils would be in major trouble without their star scorer. In addition to Hall’s lack of offensive support, New Jersey ranks 17th in save percentage with Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider between the pipes and is only in the middle of the pack in terms of denying opponent shots. Hall’s evolution from a 53-point scorer last season (his first with New Jersey) to an MVP candidate2Granted, Hall also showed flashes of this potential in Edmonton, tallying 27 goals and 80 points during the 2013-14 season. Perhaps the Oilers shouldn’t have shipped him away in one of the worst NHL trades in recent memory… has been directly responsible for lifting the Devils from last in the Eastern Conference to a likely playoff berth, the team’s first since 2012.Now, Hall isn’t the only player running on that specific narrative. MacKinnon in particular has also built his Hart candidacy around elevating a formerly terrible team into postseason contention. Nor is Hall likely the best player in the league — that honor probably belongs to McDavid, if not an old standby like Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby. But in terms of pure value to a team, it’s difficult to find a player whose production is more indispensable than Hall’s has been to the Devils this season. 221990DETS. Yzerman127G. Gallant80+47 302018NJDT. Hall93N. Hischier51+42 51989PITM. Lemieux199R. Brown115+84 31981EDMW. Gretzky164J. Kurri75+89 read more

  • A very heavy heart Jenny Greene announces departure from 2FM

    first_img Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 10:33 AM 💚— Jenny Greene (@djjennygreene) March 12, 2019 Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne Image: Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne Share568 Tweet Email1 Source: Jenny Greene/Twitter Image: “Nicky and Jenny have been a massive part of 2FM over the past five years and have been an important part of changing the 2FM brand to what it is today and I would like to thank them both for delivering five years of great radio,” Head of RTÉ 2FM Dan Healy said. “I wish Nicky the best as he returns to a worldwide tour with Westlife and Jenny the best in her future endeavours.”2FM also announced today that Jennifer Zamparelli is to host her own programme as part of the new schedule line up.The programme will air mid morning, weekdays from 10am to 1pm.Zamparelli joined Breakfast Republic with her co-presenters, Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walsh in 2014.“I’m delighted to have this opportunity,” she said.“Thrilled for the opportunity, thrilled to do something different and thrilled to be getting up slightly later than stupid o’clock every morning.” Healy added that Zamparelli is “ready to spread her own wings and move into her own space”. “I believe Jen will appeal to young audiences as she has that instant likeability and humour. Our audiences have reacted in an overwhelming positive way towards her,” he said. Zamparelli’s show will begin on 10 June. RADIO DJ JENNY Greene has announced that she is leaving 2FM. Greene made her announcement in a statement on Twitter this morning. “It is with a very heavy heart that I have decided to say farewell to 2FM,” she wrote. “Having started off in the evening time and progressing on to a very successful day time show, going back to the evenings on 2FM just doesn’t feel like the right decision for me both professionally and personally,” she said. The station confirmed that she will still perform as part of the previously scheduled RTÉ Concert Orchestra gigs this summer.The station also noted that Nicky Byrne is to leave 2FM and return to Westlife.  Mar 12th 2019, 10:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin ‘A very heavy heart’: Jenny Greene announces departure from 2FM 2FM announced that Jennifer Zamparelli is to host her own programme as part of the new schedule line up. Short URL 71 Comments 132,164 Views last_img read more

  • Green car replacement scheme to reduce emissions and increase tax revenue

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is to introduce car replacement scheme for the first time since the 1990s in a bid to take off the road vehicles that heavily pollute the environment but also to boost public coffers by almost 2 billion euros.The scheme includes incentives for car owners to replace their old cars and lower road taxes for cars which produce lower emissions, according to Public Works and Environment Minister Giorgos Souflias. Souflias also pledged to change the current restricted zone in central Athens so that it would exclude cars based on the amount of carbon dioxide they emit.Car owners will be paid between 500 and 2,200 euros to turn in their vehicle so it can be scrapped. The amount they will receive will depend on the size of the car’s engine, ranging from under 900 cubic centimeters to 2,400 cc or more.Any of these drivers wishing to buy a more environmentally friendly car (deemed as one that has been registered from 2005 onward) will also be given an extra incentive of 1,000 euros.Souflias said that if all the paperwork is ready in time, the measure could start as early as next month.The minister also said that, as of next year, road tax for low-emission vehicles would be reduced but also would be increased for cars that pollute more.Cars will be divided into four categories. A for cars registered in 2005 or later; B for those registered between 2000 and 2004; C for those registered between 1996 and 1999; and,D for those registered before 1995.Owners of vehicles in category A will pay 18 euros less per year in road tax, while category B will pay 50 euros more. Categories C and D will pay 100 and 150 euros more respectively.The combination of the car replacement scheme and the new road tax charges is expected to earn the government 1.7 billion euros.Souflias said that he hopes to introduce the “green inner ring” in Athens in September 2011 to keep any cars that emit more than 140 grams of carbon per kilometre out of the city center during peak hours.last_img read more

  • Dogs Can Sense Malaria by Smelling Your Clothes

    first_imgStay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Dogs are known for their powerful sniffing abilities. They can help with crime scene investigations, police training, and search operations. But, canines’ heightened senses aren’t only valuable for these situations. Health researchers are now tapping doggos to help detect major diseases, including malaria, in people who may or may not be infected.Durham University research suggests that dogs can sense if someone has malaria by smelling their socks. Even if people don’t show malaria symptoms on the spot, these super-sniffing canines are able to identify if they’re infected with the disease, according to The Guardian.This research was recently presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s annual meeting in New Orleans. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the research involved requesting schoolchildren in Gambia to wear nylon socks while they slept overnight and then provide a blood sample tested for malaria.Following this stage, the socks were frozen and sent to the U.K., where two canines, including a Labrador-retriever cross mix and a Labrador, were trained for a period of time to detect if socks were worn by children with malaria or not. Socks from 145 uninfected children and 30 socks from malaria-infected children were collected for dog testing. The team noted that socks were only used from malaria-infected children if the they did not express symptoms of the disease.Researchers tested the dogs by presenting them a small group of socks at a time, with each sock placed separately in a glass jar. The research team observed if the dogs would pause at any of the socks, which is what the dogs were trained to do if a sock was worn by someone infected by the disease. The results demonstrated that each dog correctly determined socks worn by uninfected children about 90 percent of the time and identified socks that belonged to children with malaria roughly 70 percent of the time.Photo Credit: Durham UniversitySteven Lindsay, a public health entomologist from Durham University, said the dogs had trouble detecting malaria-infected socks from children that didn’t have malaria parasites reproducing asexually inside their bodies. These parasites reached the sexual stage of their reproduction cycle, making it difficult to determine if these socks had signs of malaria.“It might be that the odors produced by the parasites change if you are at the sexual stage or asexual stage,”  Lindsay told The Guardian. “That is unlikely because they weren’t able to identify the sexual parasites – that says to me that they actually know the parasites rather than the person.”The goal, according to Lindsay, is to further testing in countries where there might be different types of malaria parasites. With additional research, dogs might be able to help health professionals detect signs of malaria and other infectious diseases in the future.More on WWF: Human Consumption to Blame for Declining Wildlife PopulationsMove Over, Pavlov: Dogs Can Understand (Some) Human WordsLet Dogs Be Dogs: ‘Ground Scratching’ Behavior Nothing to Worry Aboutlast_img read more

  • The Lego Movie 2 Trailer is Here and Its an Intergalactic Dream

    first_img The Lego Movie 2 trailer is here and Emmet, Lucy “Wyldstyle,” and the Lego gang are back to combat evil intergalactic forces.On Tuesday, Warner Bros. Pictures released The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part trailer on YouTube, and it shows the bricks hilariously try to take on post-apocalyptic landscapes and space missions to save each other from destruction. The movie is set to premiere in theaters on Feb. 8.The trailer opens up with Wyldstyle gazing at a Mad Max-like landscape, only to be bothered by Emmet, who asks if she wants coffee. Wyldstyle persuades Emmet that he needs to “toughen up” in times like these and be “battle ready” for whatever comes next in their lives.Once a “shooting star” turns out to be a sinister extraterrestrial invasion, Emmet and Wyldstyle find themselves face-to-face with General Mayhem, an evil alien creature who’s trying to take over the world. When Wyldstyle gets kidnapped by General Mayhem, Emmet takes his house, pet plant, and everything he owns to go to space and get her back.Will Emmet rescue Wlydstyle and his buddies from General Mayhem? You’ll have to wait for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part to hit the big screen next year to find out.More on Toronto Subway Lego Kit is a Builder’s DreamLego Overwatch Sets Leak on Target AppToy Tuesday: The Craziest, Over-the-Top Lego Sets This Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17,000 Lego BricksYou Should Buy Your Kids Legos If You Want Them to Get Into Great Schools Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Donald Is One of 2018s Worst Passwords

    first_imgStay on target We can and must do better when it comes to digital security.In its eighth annual list of Worst Passwords of the Year, SplashData confirmed that folks are still using the same predictable, easily guessable codes.Case in point: “123456” and “password” remain leading choices among idiots everywhere.Variations on the numbered phrase—”123456789,” “12345678,” “12345”—round out the top five.These not-so-secret codes, however easy to remember, put a target on users’ backs, making them an obvious mark for hackers (or a monkey with a keyboard).Speaking of primates with power… President Trump debuted on this year’s list, with “donald” appearing as the 23rd most commonly used password (based on more than 5 million leaked on the Internet).<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;Sorry, Mr. President, but this is not fake news—using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision,&#8221; SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a statement.</span></p><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online,&#8221; he continued, &#8220;because they know so many people are using those easy-to-remember combinations.&#8221;</span></p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-2″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>SplashData&#8217;s Worst Passwords of 2018:</span></p><ol><li style=”list-style-type: none;”><ol><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>123456 (unchanged)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>password (unchanged)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>123456789 (up three)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>12345678 (down one)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>12345 (unchanged)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>111111 (new)</span></li><li>1234567 (up one)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>sunshine (new)</span></li><li>qwerty (down five)</li><li>iloveyou (unchanged)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>princess (new)</span></li><li>admin (down one)</li><li>welcome (down one)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>666666 (new)</span></li><li>abc123 (unchanged)</li><li>football (down seven)</li><li>123123 (unchanged)</li><li>monkey (down five)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>654321 (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>!@#$%^&amp;* (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>charlie (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>aa123456 (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>donald (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>password1 (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>qwerty123 (new)</span></li></ol></li></ol><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Password management application provider SplashData estimates almost 10 percent of people use at least one of these 25 phrases. Nearly 3 percent have used the worst offender, &#8220;123456.&#8221;</span></p><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online,&#8221; according to Slain.</span></p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-3″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;It&#8217;s a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks,&#8221; he said, &#8220;that people continue putting themselves at such risk year after year.&#8221;</span></p><p><i><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>More on</span></i></p><ul><li><a href=”,2817,2407168,00.asp” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Best Passwords Managers of 2018 (PCMag)</a></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>GOP Contractor Leaks Information on 200 Million Americans</span></a></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>How to Lose Friends and Alienate People: Breach Personal Privacy</span></a></li></ul><p> For the Love of God, Stop Using the Password ‘123456’Oops: Facebook Stored ‘Hundreds of Millions’ of Passwords in Plain Text last_img read more

  • Officials Truck driver plunged off 17th Street Bridge on purpose

    first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A dive team searched the waters to the east side of the 17th Street Bridge in Fort Lauderdale after, officials said, a driver intentionally plunged their truck into the water.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene, just before 9 p.m., Sunday.Divers entered the water to check if there were any people inside the truck but were unable to locate anyone.A tow truck was able to remove the submerged vehicle from the water.As of late Sunday night, no injuries had been reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • Congress will sweep municipal polls

    first_imgTandur: Vikarabad Congress president Rammohan Reddy expressed confidence in Congress party sweeping municipal elections in the district. He organised ‘Intiintiki Congress Janda’ programme in Indira Nagar and Murshad Darga on Friday. He criticised TRS for not implementing development works. He called upon everyone to vote for the Congress. Local leaders Dhara Singh, Aleem, Prabhakar Goud and others were present.last_img

  • Lotte Group vice chairman Lee Inwon found dead hours before questioning by

    first_imgThe Vice Chairman of South Korean firm Lotte Group, Lee In-won, was found dead on Friday. The senior executive is suspected to have committed suicide hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors in a criminal case involving the group.Lotte Group confirmed the death of their official via a text message it sent out to reporters. However, the Seoul-based firm refrained from revealing the cause of In-won’s death, Reuters reported.In-won was due for questioning over his role in a series of scandals, according to Yonhap New Agency. “He might have been put under emotional pressure (before the prosecutors’ summons),” a high-ranking Lotte Group official was quoted as saying by the agency.What had happened?A body was found on a footpath outside Seoul on Friday morning. “When I arrived after the call, the deceased was lying down, crouched here,” Hyung Dae-ryong, Seojang precinct police station chief, who was the first to arrive at the crime scene, told Reuters.The deceased appeared to have hung himself from a tree using a neck-tie, the police chief said. The police have been trying to confirm if the body belongs to In-won, but add that a suicide note was recovered from his car. An umbrella with Lotte logo was recovered nearby.Who is Lee In-won?Lee In-won, 69, had worked with the Lotte Group for the last 43 years. He was elected the vice chairman of the group in 2011 by the family-controlled conglomerate. He served as the vice chairman of Lotte Shopping Co., Ltd. and had been its director since 1997.In June this year, the offices of Lotte Group were raided due to allegations of embezzlement, slush funds and tax evasion. The investigations had forced the group to withdraw its initial public offering for Hotel Lotte Co, which would have raised about $5.1 billion, Dailymail reported.In-won’s death is likely to hamper the ongoing investigation.last_img read more

  • Freedom of expression largely absent in Bangladesh Shahidul tells Deccan Chronicle

    first_imgShahidul Alam. File photoInternationally-renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam, arrested after his interview to Al Jazeera and posts on social media that criticised the Bangladesh government last year, has recently talked to the Deccan Chronicle.He is currently out on bail. If convicted, Alam could face a maximum of 14 years in jail.What inspired you to become a social activist, photographer and a teacher?Shahidul: It was while I was at university doing my PhD that I got involved with the Socialist Worker’s Party in the United Kingdom. We were involved with the Solidarity Trade Union Movement in Poland.My involvement extended to race, gender and class rights. I wanted to play a role in ensuring social justice. It wasn’t clear how I would do it, but photography seemed an obvious choice.Once I held a camera, there was no looking back.In your Al Jazeera interview, you mentioned that the 2018 protest had “larger” factors. According to you, what were those factors?Shahidul: Some factors were discontent that had been brewing for some time which included the financial scandals (like Hallmark), the looting of Tk 22,500 crore from the banks (CPD report), the numerous instances of extrajudicial killings and disappearances and the wide-scale harassment and arrests of dissidents and opposition activists, (all widely reported in the media) were reason enough.But the fact that the Bangladeshi economy was designed specifically to serve the rich was a festering wound. According to Global Financial Integrity (GFI), USD 9.7 billion had been siphoned from Bangladesh in 2013 alone.Your arrest was in the news. What exactly happened on the night of your arrest?Shahidul: I had earlier given an interview to Al Jazeera TV where I mentioned these issues. Later, I went out again to file reports and was alone in the flat uploading content. I was talking to a BBC reporter, in preparation for interviews that I was going to give the following morning. I was alone in the flat.The doorbell rang and a young woman with short hair addressed me as ‘Uncle Shahidul’. Ours is an open house and many activists and students of both me and my partner Rahnuma Ahmed often pass through. I thought she must have been one of Rahnuma’s students.As soon as I opened the door, about 5 or six plainclothes men walked in and got hold of me. I know enough about the Bangladeshi reality to work out what was going on, and my initial attempt was to resist as long as I could and scream for attention to ensure that my ‘disappearance’ was at least noticed.As I was resisting, I was literally picked up and was pushed into the lift in a horizontal position, with my head being shoved in. Once the lift reached the ground floor, I was shoved into a van. I continued screaming and kept my legs out to prevent them from closing the door.It was when they said, ‘close the door anyway’ that I brought my legs in but wedged it apart with my feet. They forced me in, handcuffed me behind my back and blindfolded me.I continued screaming and when they tried to cover my face, I bit the person’s hand. I was then driven to a location, made to walk up, down and around and weights put on my head.I heard someone asking for the pins. I was made to sit down on a wooden chair with my hands behind my back and asked for the passwords for my laptop and phones.I am aware that the laptop could be opened even without the password, and my phones had both face recognition and fingerprint recognition, so there was not much point in resisting and I wanted to avoid unnecessary injury and gave them my passwords.Aggressive questioning followed when they told me that much more severe treatment was in store. They threatened me with water-boarding and said they would also pick up Rahnuma.They wanted me to confess to taking foreign money, and being part of a bigger conspiracy to overthrow the government, that I was involved in child trafficking and a Mossad agent.When I refused to ‘confess’ to any of these accusations, I was hit in the face and started bleeding from my nose and mouth. My eyes were still covered, but I could feel the blood dripping on to my clothes.I was made to sleep on the floor of an office and taken to the police headquarters the next morning.What did you face during the police custody (100 Days)?Shahidul: My treatment in jail was nowhere as bad as the treatment I received on the first night. I was treated with a lot of respect by fellow prisoners and they ensured that the jail wardens also knew they should treat me with respect.I was able to bypass the initial conditions other prisoners face and was not taken to Amdani (from where prisoners are sold), or to the wards but taken to a cell which I shared with a convicted murderer.I was later given a cell to myself, but when my health began to fail, I was taken to the hospital, where I slept on a bed for the first time. I was later taken to ‘Division’, a segment of the jail reserved for prisoners of a certain social standing.Here I was in a large room reserved for two prisoners, but I was on my own. I also had a bed (with a very dirty mattress with bedbugs) and a writing desk and chair.My fellow prisoners went out of their way to look after me, providing me with food, a reading lamp and made me a radio. I had good access to other parts of the jail, though moving around was not encouraged.Would there be any difference if the protests have not occurred near the general elections?Shahidul: The upcoming elections certainly created a charged atmosphere; however, considering how the election was managed, it does not seem as if any external factor would have affected the results, which were pre-determined.With Sheikh Hasina’s re-election in December 2018, what changes do you expect from the government in this tenure?Shahidul: The government now has full spectrum control. The institutions that provide check and balance have largely been demolished.Except for a few notable exceptions, the media has become a government lapdog, regurgitating government propaganda. I feel corruption will continue unabated.Freedom of expression is largely absent and the climate of fear has created an environment of self-censorship.On the other hand, the government does seem to want to maintain a modicum of respectability overseas, so the increased production of spin, harassment of dissidents and the complete annihilation of any real opposition are on the cards.In 2014, Shahidul was awarded the Shilpakala Padak by the president of Bangladesh and in 2018 the Humanitarian Award from the Lucie Awards.He was one of the persons of the year selected by Time Magazine in 2018.last_img read more

  • India election clashes leave two dead

    first_imgIndian election officials and security personnel carry Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) on a boat to reach remote polling stations, in Dibrugarh, some 480 kms from Guwahati in Assam on 10 April, 2019. Photo: AFPClashes between followers of rival parties left at least two dead and several injured on the first day of India’s huge election Thursday, media reports said.Suspected Maoist rebels also triggered blasts in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra states in a bid to disrupt voting.Activists of the Telegu Desam Party and the YSR Congress party, regional groups in central Andhra Pradesh state, fought each other outside a polling station in Tadipatri, Firstpost news website reported.Online videos showed bloodied and injured supporters of the rival parties. Firstpost said a TSP leader, Bhaskar Reddy, and YSR worker Pulla Reddy died in the clashes.It added that two party workers were left in critical condition.The two parties are in contention for 25 parliamentary and 175 Andhra Pradesh state assembly seats being contested on Thursday.The rebel attacks in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra briefly held up polling at one location but no injuries were reported.Tensions often erupt during Indian elections, with an electorate of 900 million people and voting spread over nearly six weeks.Border Security Force troops fired live ammunition in the air after a group tried to vote without the proper documents in Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, according to video footage shown by ABP news. No casualties were reported.Five people were killed this week when a roadside bomb blew up a convoy in a remote area of Chhattisgarh, one of many states where Maoist rebels, who have been fighting the Indian state for decades, are active.The blast killed a state assembly lawmaker from prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, his driver and three state bodyguards.last_img read more

  • Implications For Texas As Supreme Court Considers Gerrymandering Case

    first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share JEFF KUBINA/FLICKR (CC BY-SA 2.0)The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on legislative redistricting, which could have implications for Texas. The case addresses the practice of so-called partisan gerrymandering, drawing legislative boundaries to favor one party over another.The justices say they’ll decide next session whether Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin drew electoral districts so out of whack with the state’s political breakdown that they violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters.“The courts have been very hesitant to get involved in policing how these partisan maps are drawn. They simply haven’t done it,” says Josh Blackman, who teaches constitutional law at South Texas College of Law Houston.The Wisconsin case comes as Texas is fighting legal challenges to its own legislative maps. Federal judges have ruled the Texas Legislature intentionally diluted the voting power of African-American and Latino residents.“If the court explains that it’s completely valid to make these maps based on political considerations, that would bolster Texas’ case,” Blackman says. “They’re saying, ‘Look, we’re not trying to harm African-Americans and Latinos. We’re trying to harm Democrats.’ And that may sound somewhat unseemly, but if the court gives its blessing to that sort of regime, then Texas is on a stronger footing going forward.”Blackman notes the high court is also likely to take up the Texas redistricting case next session. He says that, given the state’s racial history, it could be harder to make that argument for Texas than for Wisconsin, which remains more than 80 percent white. 00:00 /01:13 Listen Xlast_img read more

  • Experimental Ebola Drug Heals all Monkeys in Study

    first_imgAn experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa.Scientists gave the drug, called ZMapp, three to five days after infecting the monkeys in the lab. Most were showing symptoms by then, and all completely recovered.Three other infected monkeys not given the drug died.Tobacco plants are grown in a controlled environment at the Kentucky BioProcessing facility in Owensboro, Ky. The company is using tobacco plants grown at this facility to help manufacture an experimental drug to treat patients infected with Ebola. (AP Photo/Kentucky BioProcessing, File)Seven people were given ZMapp in the current outbreak and two have died, but doctors say there is no way to know if ZMapp helped. The very small supply is now gone and it will take several months to make enough to start studies in people.The study was published online Friday by the journal Nature.last_img read more

  • Feeling compelled to watch horror shows

    first_imgEver wondered what makes horror so popular or why does something strange or even repulsive still make us want to look? This could well be because there is an attraction to “oddities” outside of our everyday experience, says a study.For the research, Gary Vaughn, associate professor of English at the University of Cincinnati, looked into the underlying themes of the popular TV show, American Horror Story: Freak Show. He examined the show in terms of its danger and allure of “monsters” as well as what he calls the show’s “bait-and-switch appeal to its audience that starts out in voyeurism but ends in reflection.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“While the plot landscape of ‘Freak Show’ may have more dead ends than a new sub-division and the blunt sexuality may make us squirm in horror more intellectual than psychological, these writing choices are, I believe, deliberate attempts to make us, the audience, confront our own stereotypes about difference and ‘disability,’” Vaughn said.Vaughn explained that the beginning of this television viewing experience is similar to that of audiences that used to pay to take a seat at the carnival side shows of the 19th century — shows that featured the bearded lady or two-headed animals.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“As the series unfolds, we are forced to confront what we consider issues of freakishness,” Vaughn noted. “The ‘freaks’ in the series have their own sense of justice, their own sense of trust—sometimes misplaced— and their own ethics. In many instances, they demonstrate more admirable human qualities than the town’s so-called ordinary characters,” Vaughn explained.“‘Freak Show’ forces us to confront our own intellectual fears about difference, about diversity and about fears of change,” Vaughn noted. Our desire to look outside of our everyday experience could make such shows popular, Vaughn suggested. The study will be presented at the conference of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association which will take place in Cincinnati, US between Oct 1-4.last_img read more

  • Conor McGregor calls Khabibs manager a snitch terrorist rat and an FBI

    first_imgFYI, Noah is the son Ali abandoned in Colorado when he started as an informant for the NYPD and who he is $50k behind in child support for. @TheNotoriousMMA does his homework when preparing for war.— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) September 20, 2018 McGregor’s left field rant was apparently referencing past reporting done by MMA journalist Mike Russell:A source close to the family says Ali Abdelaziz recently tried to clear up his more than $50k in 11 yrs of outstanding back child support by offering to pay his son he ditched in 2006 $10k. The lowball offer came with a caveat that his mother who raised him not get a dime of it.— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) July 15, 2018 When Conor McGregor gets rolling at a press conference, good luck holding him back. McGregor has been out talking plenty of trash ahead of his UFC 229 fight against Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, and went on a scorched Earth rant at a Vegas press event on Thursday.During the presser, McGregor turned his sights onto Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz, calling him a ‘terrorist, snitch, rat,’ accusing him of turning FBI informant after allegedly getting caught with fraudulent passports around 9/11, and abandoning his son.center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Thanks to Las Vegas Tourism the agents also enjoye

    first_imgThanks to Las Vegas Tourism the agents also enjoyed visits to Planet Hollywood, Paris Las Vegas, The Bellagio, Vdara and the Aria hotels, rounding out their Las Vegas leg of the famil before hitting their next destination – California!In California, some of the group tried surf lessons, watched spectacular sunsets and enjoyed VIP shopping experiences, while others opted for the short 30 minute shuttle to Disneyland!.Overall the agents were thrilled with their USA experience, and thanks to Viva! Holidays, Air New Zealand and Las Vegas Tourism, they will have a lasting connection from this trip through the Helloworld Travel family.Attending the famil were: Carolyn Rogers – Helloworld Travel Waurn Ponds, Ainsley Murphy – Helloworld Travel Toowoomba Range, Kathryn King – Helloworld Travel Bateau Bay, Karen Vella – Helloworld Travel Rowville, Stacey Skinner – Helloworld Travel Warrnambool, Scott Sherriff – Temora Travel, Kimberley Hall – Helloworld Travel Belconnen, Lauren Bloch – Helloworld Travel Merimbula, Vito Giudice – Helloworld Travel Ltd, Anthony Moore – Tripaway Cruise & Travel Tweed City, Bart Druitt – Las Vegas Tourism, Stella Hritis – Air New Zealand, Ella Halliwell – Mid Coast Travel & Cruise Air New ZealandEvent & Famil photosHelloworld TravelLas Vegas TourismViva! Holidays Ten lucky Helloworld Travel branded and associate agents recently took off to the USA on a famil thanks to Helloworld Travel, Viva! Holidays, Air New Zealand and Las Vegas Tourism.Kicking off their tour with two nights at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, the agents enjoyed exhilarating experiences in Papillion Helicopters and a hot lap in a Corvette Z06 thanks to Exotics Racing. Moving onto the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, agents attended the famous, but controversial, Spiegelworld show ‘Absinthe’, and wrapped up their stay in true Las Vegas style – attending a mock wedding ceremony at the Graceland Wedding chapel.last_img read more

  • Kevin Kolb hasnt even been allowed to practice wi

    first_imgKevin Kolb hasn’t even been allowed to practice with the Arizona Cardinals, but that hasn’t stopped national media members from speculating just how well he’ll do with his new team.Sports Illustrated’s Peter King was on with ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd Thursday and shared his thoughts“Kolb will go through some growing pains, some chemistry pains with Larry Fitzgerald but overall he’ll have a B year,” King speculated. “He will allow them to compete for a division title in a bad division.” Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ So, he’s saying a bad division will let Kolb have a slightly above average season despite some struggles and let the Cards compete? That’s not exactly going out on a limb. Especially when you consider the quartet of chaos, better known as the Cardinals quarterbacks, in 2010 kept them in contention in a lousy NFC West for a majority of the season (and by contention we mean below .500).In all honesty it’s not fair to judge Kolb at this point. All anyone — King included — knows is what they saw from him in a few games in Philadelphia in an offensive system that is different than the one he’ll be running in Arizona. Once the preseason starts and he’s had a few games with his new team to evaluate him by, maybe then one can speculate as to where he and the Cardinals might wind up by season’s end.Right now Cardinals fans should just be happy they have a quarterback. Everyone else is just playing ‘Monday Morning Quarterback.’ Comments   Share   center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

  • PRACTICE SQUAD NOTES Each team is allowed up to te

    first_imgPRACTICE SQUAD NOTESEach team is allowed up to ten practice players for the practice squad. The minimum salary in 2017 is $7,200 per week and there is no maximum salary for practice squad players.The pay scale for rookies is $1,075 and veterans $1,900 per week during training camp including preseason games.MILESTONE NOTESCarson Palmer needs 15 touchdown passes to become the 11th player in NFL history to reach 300 career touchdown passes. In 13 seasons, Palmer has 285 touchdown passes.With 75 receptions, Larry Fitzgerald will join Jerry Rice (1,549) and Tony Gonzalez (1,325) as the only players in NFL history to record 1,200 receptions. In 13 seasons, Fitzgerald has 1,125 catches. Fitzgerald needs eight touchdown catches to pass Gonzalez (111) and Antonio Gates (111) and move into sixth place all-time. In 13 seasons, Fitzgerald has 104 touchdown receptions.Follow Mike Jurecki on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Scooby Wright trimmed down in the offseason to become an all-around player. He really excels on special teams, initiating contact with a lot drive and desire on the field. He’ll need to improve in coverage considering more teams are playing nickel and dime defenses over 60 percent of the time.Keep an eye on recently signed Bynes. He totaled 209 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, a half sack, one interception, 14 passes defense, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery in 64 games (28 starts) with the Lions and Ravens since 2011. He will get a chance to compete for a backup spot.TOTAL MILES TRAVELED & NOTES ON 2017 TRAVELThe total distance traveled by all teams during the regular season will be 564,820 miles. The mileage used is based on the estimated round-trip distance for every regular-season road game.The teams of the NFC West (110,848) have the highest combined mileage total of all divisions. The remaining division totals ranked from highest to lowest are the AFC West (90,546), NFC East (80,956), AFC East (75,105), AFC South (67,352), NFC South (56,146), AFC North (48,797) and NFC North (35,070).The Rams (32,600), Raiders (30,899), Cardinals (30,035), Dolphins (27,520) and Chargers (26,134) will “travel around the world” at least once. A trip around the globe is 25,000 miles. Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) slips past defensive back Rudy Ford (30) as linebacker Alani Fua (59) arrives to make a tackle during an NFL football training camp Monday, July 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals have made seven transactions at linebacker position since the start of training camp. Deone Bucannon is on PUP list and Karlos Dansby had a few veteran days off. The team also waived the injured Alani Fua and Gabe Martin. Going into camp, the two were considered to have a role on special teams and provide depth.MOVES AT LINEBACKER SINCE JULY 22– Signed linebacker Tevin Floyd, waived injured linebacker Gabe Martin (Achilles)– Signed linebacker Philip Wheeler,  Floyd (hamstring) reached injury settlement– Waived injured linebacker Fua (knee)– Signed linebacker Josh Bynes and linebacker Terence Waughlast_img read more

  • Austin Opera fires artistic director for alleged h

    first_imgAustin Opera fires artistic director for alleged harassment Austin Opera says it has fired its principal conductor and artistic director, Richard Buckley, for inappropriate behaviour that violated the company’s policy on harassment.A spokesman for the opera, Michael Solomon, would not specify whether the alleged harassment was sexual in nature.The opera said in a Thursday statement that an investigation conducted with outside counsel found that “inappropriate behaviour in violation of the company’s policy on harassment had occurred.” The statement also said it was not consistent with the company’s values and standards.It added that scheduled performances this Thursday and Sunday would go on as scheduled with a different conductor.Buckley was in his 13th season with Austin Opera. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2018 2:09 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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