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first_imgPankaj Gupta, Aam Aadmi Party’s national secretary and Goa in-charge, said on Monday that the party did not get enough time to build a strong organisation.In a newsletter issued by the AAP for Goa, Mr. Gupta said the party’s journey would not end with one election. Mr. Gupta’s statement comes over two months after the Assembly polls. The AAP failed to win a single seat and a majority of its candidates lost their deposit.Mr. Gupta said, “We brought many people together in a short span of time but lacked adequate time to build a strong organisation. We need to do that now by focussing on building a robust organisation across the State with the ability to engage all people who want to support this cause in a meaningful way.” He said in the newsletter, “We are in the process of nation building by fighting the current system. This change will not happen in a day and this fight will have to continue.”last_img read more

first_imgThirty Dalit families in Odisha’s Khordha district, who have been allegedly facing social boycott by members of the upper castes in their village for over six months, have threatened not to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha election.Upper castes have allegedly ostracised the families by barring them from shops, not giving them job opportunities and stopping other essential services for them in Chhanagiri village, about 60km from Bhubaneswar.Members of the upper castes had allegedly ganged up to impose a social boycott on these families after one of them lodged a police complaint for caste discrimination in October last year.Denied glass of water“In October, my six-year-old granddaughter was denied a glass of water in a hotel run by an upper caste family. Nobody in the village paid heed to us when we raised the issue of discrimination. Subsequently, we approached the police,” said 60-year-old Shantanu Nayak.“Members of the upper castes felt offended as we sought police help. They decided not to cooperate with us on any issue. Since then, we have been deprived of basic services in the village. Despite our appeal in different fora, the social boycott continues,” said Mr. Nayak.Earlier this week, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) intervened in the matter and directed the Khordha district administration to visit the affected families and take action in accordance with the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and provide protection to the Dalit families. The commission also issued a stern warning to government officials to ensure that the issue is sorted out in a time-bound manner.“The social boycott is a blot on our society in this era. I have worked in the Indian Army and served the nation. After retirement, I am now subjected to this discriminatory treatment. It appears that we have ceased to be citizens of the country. It is better that we stay away from voting,” said Subhash Nayak, a resident of Chhanagiri village.“This is a case in which the fundamental right to life, liberty, equality and dignity has been violated,” said Biswapriya Kanungo, a human rights lawyer who took up the issue with the OHRC.last_img read more

first_imgA comedian named Chris Martin has, to his bemusement, received an influx of Twitter followers from India shortly after a Coldplay concert in Mumbai. Related Itemslast_img

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Valdez’s last point put Creamline in match point before Pau Soriano denied Bali Pure’s Jennifer Keddy to seal the victory.“Fortunately for us, we were able to get the crucial points. The breaks of the game went to our favor and that’s really the difference in a game like this,” said Creamline assistant coach Sherwin Meneses in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBali Pure and Creamline dispute a slot in the finals on Thursday.The Water Defenders erased a 12-8 deficit in the fifth set and even took a 14-13 edge after Keddy repeled Valdez’s attempt. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Brownlee waxes hot, pulls Ginebra to semis Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Kaewpin knotted the count at 14 before Valdez and Soriano put the finishing touches.Keddy paced Bali Pure with 23 points, highlighted by seven blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline finally took down top seed Bali Pure after a 24-26, 25-18, 18-25, 25-16, 16-14 squeaker on Tuesday to force a do-or-die Game 3 in their Premier Volleyball League semifinals series at PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.Imports Kuttika Kaewpin and Laura Schaudt combined for 45 points while Alyssa Valdez added 15 for the Cool Smashers, who beat the Water Defenders for the first time in four tries.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgVicente Del Bosque says he is standing down after eight years in charge of Spain, having guided the team to World Cup and European titles.The 65-year-old coach says he has “no intention of continuing” in the job after Spain’s European title defense ended in the round of 16 with a loss to Italy on Monday. His contract was due to expire next month. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )Del Bosque, who announced his departure on Spanish radio on Thursday, delivered Spain’s first World Cup title in 2010 and followed it by winning the 2012 European Championship.last_img read more

first_imgA fit-again Angelo Mathews will lead Sri Lanka in June’s Champions Trophy in England and Wales, the cricket board announced on Monday, unveiling a 15-member squad which also includes maverick paceman Lasith Malinga.Mathews missed the one-day series in South Africa, the tour of Australia and the home series against Bangladesh with a hamstring injury but is back in action for his Delhi franchise in the ongoing Indian Premier League.Malinga, feared for his awkward action and toe-crushing yorkers, also returns after completing his rehabilitation following a knee injury which forced him out of the World Twenty20 in India last year.The 33-year-old, who quit Test cricket in 2011, played the last of his 191 one-day internationals in 2015 and returned to international cricket with Twenty20 matches in Australia earlier this year.Sri Lanka also named two standby players — Dilruwan Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka.”I think I’ve got the best possible team,” Mathews told a news conference.”Plus we are travelling with 17, which gives us a lot more options… if something happens to someone, it’s always better to have a couple of players over there,” said the 29-year-old.”It’s another opportunity for us to bring a lot of pride back to Sri Lanka. It’s an opportunity for us to bring an ICC trophy back home,” added Mathews, who was part of Sri Lanka’s triumphant 2014 World Twenty20 team.Squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekera, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasannaadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMILAN (AP) — AC Milan’s rise over the past few months has been mirrored by Inter Milan’s decline.As the two sides approach the second derby of the season, they are in vastly different moods from the first.Back then, Inter captain Mauro Icardi scored a stoppage-time winner to put Inter in third place, six points behind Serie A leader Juventus. Milan dropped to 12th place.FILE – In this Saturday, March 2, 2019 file photo, AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek, foreground, and Sassuolo’s Merih Demiral vie for the ball during their Serie A soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Just five months after beating AC Milan a derby defeat could leave crisis-hit Inter Milan in danger of missing out on the Champions League. Icardi scored a stoppage-time winner in the October derby but he has not played in more than a month, since being stripped off his captaincy amid protracted contract negotiations. Icardi’s downfall and Krzysztof Piatek’s arrival at Milan from Genoa means the two sides approach the second derby of the season in very different moods to the first. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File )Now, Milan has soared up to third place in the standings, a point above its city rival. Inter, on the other hand, is in fourth and has won only one of its past three league matches.And Icardi is unlikely to play this time.The Argentine forward has not been on the field in more than a month, since being stripped off his captaincy amid protracted contract negotiations. The 26-year-old Icardi has said he has a knee injury, although the club has said that tests have not revealed any particular problem.“His absence over the past few weeks means that he’s not at full fitness, however, these are things that the coach will eventually consider,” Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta said when asked if Icardi would be available for the derby. “We must remain calm and manage things rationally. It would be a great failure if we would have to go through legal means.”FILE – In this Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 file photo, Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, right, tries to score over AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy. Just five months after beating AC Milan a derby defeat could leave crisis-hit Inter Milan in danger of missing out on the Champions League. Icardi scored a stoppage-time winner in the October derby but he has not played in more than a month, since being stripped off his captaincy amid protracted contract negotiations. Icardi’s downfall and Krzysztof Piatek’s arrival at Milan from Genoa means the two sides approach the second derby of the season in very different moods to the first. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)Milan’s turnaround can at least partly be attributed to Krzysztof Piatek. The Poland forward has scored eight goals since arriving from Genoa in January. But shoring up the defense has also been crucial.Alessio Romagnoli, who was partly to blame for Icardi’s goal last time, has been touted as the future of the Italian national team’s defense. He was handed the Milan captaincy at the start of the season when he was only 24.“I really like him as a captain. He’s a focused and solid guy and he shows that with his behavior,” said former Milan captain Franco Baresi, who helped the team win six Serie A titles and three European Cups as a defender as well as winning the World Cup with the Italy.FILE – In this Saturday, March 2, 2019 file photo, AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek fires a shot past Sassuolo’s Francesco Magnanelli during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Sassuolo, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Just five months after beating AC Milan a derby defeat could leave crisis-hit Inter Milan in danger of missing out on the Champions League. Icardi scored a stoppage-time winner in the October derby but he has not played in more than a month, since being stripped off his captaincy amid protracted contract negotiations. Icardi’s downfall and Krzysztof Piatek’s arrival at Milan from Genoa means the two sides approach the second derby of the season in very different moods to the first. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)“It’s not by coincidence that he’s thought highly of by everyone, teammates, coach and club. His skills were evident right from the start, mental and technical. It was right to give the captain’s armband to him. Imposing oneself at Milan at his age is not easy.”Piatek and Romangnoli, who turned 25 in January, could be leading Milan back into the Champions League after a five-year absence.Inter still has a chance, too, but a loss for on Sunday coupled with a Roma victory at relegation-threatened Spal would leave the two teams level on points, closely followed by a number of other sides.The top four from Serie A qualify for next season’s Champions League.By: Daniella Matar, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Metro Railway is going to introduce a new time-table from July 1. According to Metro authorities, the number of services will be increased in the new system.On Thursday, Metro authorities informed that from July 1, Metro services will be provided from 6:45 am to 9:55 pm on weekdays. The same duration will be there on Saturdays as well. On Sunday, services will commence from 9 am instead of the present time of 9:50 am. Metro authorities also claimed that at present there are 284 services including Up and Down runs between Dum Dum and Kavi Subhash stations and the number will remain the same. But the number of services between Dum Dum and Noapara will be increased to 107 services from 104. On Saturdays, there will be 236 services instead of 224 between Dum Dum and Kavi Subhash stations. Seven services will be increased for Dum Dum to Noapara on Saturdays. On Sundays, there will be 124 services instead of 110, commencing from 9 am between Dum Dum and Kavi Subhash stations. Nine more services will provided for the Noapara-bound passengers from Dum Dum on Sundays. During weekdays, the last Metro for Noapara will depart from Kavi Subhas at 9:25 pm instead of 8:50 pm, while on weekends, the last Metro for Noapara will leave Kavi Subhas at 9:29 pm.last_img read more

first_imgThe three men charged in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster have all been found not guilty of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people.The jurors reached the verdict on their ninth day of deliberations on Friday.Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre were charged with criminal negligence in the 2013 tragedy that killed 47 people when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded.Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaitre the manager of train operations.All three accused could have been found guilty of criminal negligence causing death, while jurors had the option of convicting Harding on one of two other charges: dangerous operation of railway equipment or dangerous operation of railway equipment causing death.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Cracking down on hate, abuse and online trolls is also hurting Twitter’s standing with investors.The company’s stock plunged Friday after it reported a decline in its monthly users and warned that the number could fall further in the coming months. The 20.5 per cent plunge comes one day after Facebook lost 19 per cent of its value in a single day.Twitter says it’s putting the long-term stability of its platform above user growth. That leaves investors seemingly unable to value what the biggest companies in the sector, which rely on their potential user reach, are worth.Twitter had 335 million monthly users in the quarter, below the 339 million Wall Street was expecting, and down slightly from 336 million in the first quarter. That overshadowed a strong monthly user growth of 3 per cent compared with the previous year.The company said its monthly user number could continue to fall in the “mid-single-digit millions” in the third quarter.While Friday was Twitter’s second-worst loss since it went public in November 2013, the stock has still doubled in value over the last 12 months.Long criticized for allowing bad behaviour to run rampant on its platform, Twitter has begun to crack down, banning accounts that violate its terms and making others less visible.Twitter is now attempting to rein in the worst offenders after years as one of the Wild West corners of the internet.At the same time, it must convince people it’s the go-to platform in social media, even though it is dwarfed right now by Facebook.Facebook has more than 2.23 billion users while its apps WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger each have over 1 billion.Twitter on Friday reiterated its efforts to “to invest in improving the health of the public conversation” on its platform, making the “long-term health” of its service a priority over short-term metrics such as user numbers.As part of these efforts, Twitter said that as of May, its systems identified and challenged more than 9 million accounts per week that are potentially spam or automated, up from 6.4 million in December 2017. The company has previously disclosed these numbers.A Washington Post report put the total number of suspended accounts in May and June at 70 million. The Associated Press also found that Twitter suspended 56 million such accounts in the last quarter of 2017. While Twitter maintains that most of these accounts were dormant and thus not counted in the monthly user figure, the company also warned that its cleanup efforts could affect its counted user base without giving specific numbers.“We want people to feel safe freely expressing themselves and have launched new tools to address problem behaviours that distort and distract from the public conversation,” CEO Jack Dorsey said in a prepared statement.Twitter’s market value dropped by more than $6 billion Friday, to around $26 billion. Investors still value Facebook at $503 billion. Facebook lost $119 billion in value on Thursday.Twitter’s second-quarter net income hit $100.1 million, after a loss last year during the same period. It’s the company’s third profit in a row, the third it has ever posted.Per-share, the San Francisco company’s net income was 13 cents, or 17 cents adjusted, in line with expectations, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research.Revenue of $710.5 million, up 24 per cent and edging out expectations of $696 million._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TWTR at read more

(Trinidad Guardian) Over the past four years, the month of January was proven as the bloodiest month in each year, and this year seems to be following the same trend as four murders were committed in first nine hours of the new year.The victims were identified as—Brandon Khan, also known as Chinee and Jundallah, of Enterprise, Chaguanas; retired police officer John Ramkissoon, 59, of Gopaul Trace, Longdenville; Miguel Simmons, 20, a man only identified as Nic and Mark Bascombe.ACP Crime Irwin Hackshaw, in an immediate response to the bloody start of 2018 said “The boots are on the ground.”He assured that the police will continue to keep working on trying to keep the murder rate down.John Ramkissoon“Our vision for 2018 is that, as it was last year, but we will put in that extra effort this year. We didn’t do too well last year but we will keep on pushing…the boots are on the ground and the police are on the ground,” Hackshaw said.The first incident took place shortly after midnight while Khan was liming with friends at Goodwill Street when when gunmen opened fire on the group.Khan and five others were shot. Khan died while undergoing treatment at the Chaguanas Health Facility. Police said he was shot six times. The names of the five wounded people weren’t released up to press time.At the scene yesterday young men in the area were reluctant to comment on the incident but admitted that this was a “sign for them to look at protecting themselves by whatever means necessary.”Neighbours, who asked not to be identified, described the scene as the “wild, wild west.”A resident said that Khan, who was often involved in confrontations with police officers, was the “main target.”Another resident said she returned from church shortly after midnight and saw people lying on the road, “just blood everywhere. The men came shoot up the group and Chinee attempted to run home but collapsed.”Hours later, police were called to the scene at Gopaul Trace, Longdenville, where retired police officer, John Ramkissoon, 59, was found dead in the garage area of his home. He was chopped to death around 3.30 am after an argument with a neighbour. He was repeatedly chopped to the face and his skull was fractured, police said.A suspect, in his early 30s, has been detained is said to be assisting police in their investigations. The man, a father of three, is a mechanic and electrician by trade. His relatives described him as a “hard worker and friendly guy.”Ramkissoon’s daughter, Shelly Anne, 35, said her father was visiting neighbours wishing them a Happy New Year.“We really don’t know what happened but there was an argument and when my mother and brother came out daddy was already on the ground. He spent the night going around and just drinking and liming,” Shelly Anne said.She said her father worked in the T&T Police Service’s for 30 years and retired from the Guard and Emergency Branch. “My father was a good person to everyone and he was just enjoying his retirement,” she said.The third murder occurred at about 7 am after Miguel Simmons, 20, was shot dead at Seventh Avenue, Malick, Barataria. The fourth murder occurred two hours later at Upper Mendez Drive, Champs Fleurs.The man, who was only identified as “Nic,” was driving a grey B-13 when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle.The driver crashed into a concrete embankment. Police said the injured man got out of the car and attempted to run but was chased and shot dead.Relatives at the scene said that it was not a good time for them and did not comment further.Bascombe was killed outside a children’s party in Bagatelle, Diego Martin shortly after 5 pm.He was shot by the occupants of a passing car and was taken to the St James Medical Centre where he died.Police said an automatic weapon was used in the attack. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related16 killed in four days in T&T; toll now 460December 5, 2017In “latest news”Autopsy: T&T schoolgirl strangled, struggled with attackerJanuary 17, 2017In “latest news”T&T man wanted for two murders killed in stand-off with policeJuly 12, 2016In “Crime” read more

first_imgAT&T and potash and salt producer K+S have signed a five-year contract to move K+S’s current network infrastructure to AT&T’s single global private network. This will enable K+S to connect its operations, comprising 200 locations in Europe, North and South America and Asia. “We are looking forward to working with AT&T as the optimal provider for this project,” said Kai Finke, Chief Information Officer, K+S AG.AT&T is providing a hybrid virtual private network (VPN) service to K+S. Data flowing over its MPLS connections is complemented by a secondary Internet connection. This ensures the largest K+S locations have highly reliable access to the company’s global MPLS network. A second VPN connection offers the benefits of back-up and efficient use of network bandwidth. Other K+S locations can have secure, cost-effective Internet access locking these sites to the network.“It’s clear that K+S wanted better visibility of its communications around the world. And that’s just what our strategic network services are designed to give them, providing them with a platform for supporting their future success,” said Vice President, Germany and Central Europe, AT&T, Joachim Kathmann.K+S is an international commodities company. It has mined and processed mineral raw materials for 125 years. The products it produces from them are used worldwide in agriculture, food and road safety and are important elements in numerous industrial processes. The nutrients potash and salt are accompanying the megatrend for the future: a constantly growing global population is becoming increasingly prosperous and striving for a more modern standard of living, which results in an increasing consumption of mineral raw materials. K+S serves the resulting growth in demand from production sites in Europe, North America and South America as well as through a global distribution network. K+S is the world’s largest salt producer and one of the top potash providers worldwide.last_img read more

first_imgUpdated 7.40pmTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have urged all parties in Northern Ireland to keeping working to reach an agreement after the failure of the Richard Haass chaired talks.The full text of the Haass agreement has been published online.Haass is returing to the US this afternoon and, upon leaving, asked all parties to focus on the common ground achieved, something reiterated by Kenny this afternoon.“I am disappointed that the talks chaired by Dr. Richard Haass have concluded without reaching agreement. I believe this will also come as a disappointment to the people of Northern Ireland,” he said.I urge all the political parties in Northern Ireland to reflect on the progress that had been achieved. The Irish Government stands ready to work with the Northern Ireland Executive, and with the British Government, to support further efforts to achieve greater peace and build a united community in Northern Ireland. Kenny said he spoke with his UK counterpart this morning following the break-up of the negotiations, with Cameron later issuing a statement in which he echoed Kenny’s disappointment:Although it is disappointing the parties have not been able to reach full agreement at this stage, these talks have achieved much common ground, providing a basis for continuing discussions. There is a shared commitment to making progress on these very difficult issues that continue to be a focus for tension and division across the community.DUP  members arrive for the final day of political talks at the Stormont Hotel. (Pic: PA Wire/ Peter Morrison)The talks concluded earlier this morning with no form of words acceptable to all sides agreed, despite seven different drafts put forward by Haass and his colleague Professor Meaghan O’Sullivan.Sinn Féin said that they endorsed the final document despite being unhappy with some aspects of it. A similar verdict was put forward by the SDLP.The DUP, however, said that there were some parts of the draft to which they “profoundly disapprove” and as a result could not support it without further consultation with their party base.Both Kenny and Cameron thanked Haass and his colleagues who have been working on the negotiations for months which followed a request from the First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland.Year of positive changeMeanwhile, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams called for a “change of political and economic direction to break the cycle of austerity, inequality, unemployment and emigration” in his New Year message for 2014.He called on the Irish and British Governments and all parties to make a collective effort to find a way forward based on the proposals issued by Haass.“What is needed is a fundamental realignment of Irish politics. The Irish people deserve better than the politics of two conservative blocs or parties of the left propping up right-wing governments,” said Adams.He also said that the future is about building the Peace Process, and that Sinn Féin “is committed to ensuring the full implementation of the Good Friday and all other Agreements”.- Additional reporting Aoife BarryRead: Haass talks in Belfast end without agreement >Read: ‘Today is the last day in Belfast. Hope leaders seize it’ – Haass urges progress as deadline looms >last_img read more

first_imgTHE RECENTLY APPOINTED Junior Minister with responsibility for labour activation has defended the controversial JobBridge scheme, saying it is “absolutely not” simply a way for employers to get cheap labour.Labour’s Kevin Humphreys said the scheme had been “very successful”, with 64% of participants gaining employment afterwards.Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, he stressed the “rigorous enforcement” by the Department of Social Protection of standards that ensure employers do not take advantage of the system.“Employers that abuse the system will be taken off,” he said.The scheme has frequently come under fire for offering internships for unsuitable positions.Last February, a Supervalu store advertised for off license, fresh food, bakery, and butcher interns.He added that another scheme, JobsPlus, has not been utilised enough by employers. Within that programme, the employer receives a subsidy if they hire someone who has been long-term unemployed.“Particular focus”The Junior Minister said that a “particular focus” is needed on the long-term unemployed, and also on ensuring that employment is not just in cities.He said that rural towns need to be “revitalised”, a task given to his party colleague Ann Phelan, who has been given special responsibility for rural economic development.‘While we have to make sure that there is a growing number of people getting back into employment, we have to make sure people aren’t left behind,’ Humphreys said.Last week saw the 25th consecutive fall in the number of people unemployed, down 3,400 to 382,800.The CSO stats published gave Ireland an unemployment rate of 11.5%, down 0.1%.A total of 11,640 people were on labour activation programmes, while 11,338 received Back to Work payments.Read: Southwest region performing strongly as unemployment rate falls again >More: Here’s what the social welfare budget paid for last year >last_img read more

first_imgWhen the HoloLens, the $3,000 developer edition of Microsoft’s augmented reality headset, arrived here in the office I wasn’t excited. Why should I be? Virtual reality headsets are now on the market, but whether or not the tech has a future is still a reasonable question. Augmented reality is different but similarly fraught technology. Even Google with all of its resources can’t seem to make Google Glass a thing that sticks.Meanwhile, although Microsoft makes great software (most of the time) the company’s hardware efforts have been a lot dodgier. Who can forget all those broken Xbox 360s and so-so first-gen Surface tablets. So imagine how surprised I, and pretty much everyone else in this office, was to discover that even in this early state the HoloLens just might be my favorite reality-altering headset.If you want a more technical rundown of HoloLens check out the preview on our sister site But here’s an overview. The HoloLens is an augmented reality headset. While wearing it you see the real world around you along with projections of programs powered by a modified version of Windows. The point is to create the illusion these apps affect and exist in the real world.A radical new way to use what’s essentially a tablet-strength computer requires radical new interfaces, and HoloLens has a few options. The headset places a cursor where you are looking and you can pair it with a Bluetooth clicker device you use like a mouse. Pinching your fingers acts like a click as well, although I couldn’t get this gesture to work reliably. That was strange because the more complicated blossoming hand move used to open the Start menu, and look like a magician in the process, was way more consistent.You can also ask Cortana to do tasks like close a program or take a screenshot of what you’re looking at. You can even stream your sight to another screen. Viewers get a surprisingly smooth and accurate recreation of what it’s like to have your augmented eyeballs. Great! I definitely asked for this! The pared down design and low weight also make HoloLens the most comfortable and stylish headset I’ve worn so far, even if it still can leave you with a bad case of VR hair.The app selection is light, mostly because this a version of the hardware made for developers to create software in time for the consumer launch, but I messed around with a few apps available in the store. Although they didn’t reveal any hidden alien messages brainwashing humanity, experiences made for AR otherwise worked beautifully.I walked into a HoloStudio holographic shrine for Harambe fellow Geek writer (and Reboot expert) Will Greenwald built and added some heart holograms of my own. In fact, the entire office is now a hologram graveyard, every nook and cranny filled with digital trash visible only to those wearing HoloLens.RIP HolorambeI also caused psychedelic explosions to radiate throughout the room, hugging the contours of every desk, wall, and face in the office. Even just rearranging windows in 3D space and physically turning to look at the next program you want to launch is a trip. But more mundane tasks that work just fine on a regular computer, like browsing the Web or playing Crossy Road, didn’t translate as well to HoloLens. Typing is a pain (thank Grodd for predictive text) and manually dragging the chicken to make lateral movements is no way to play that endless Frogger.But plenty of hardware launches with bad software. HoloLens delivers where it counts, giving users an internet-enhanced version of their own reality with a functional untethered interface. The secret weapon is, in my opinion, not completely cutting off users from the outside world the way full VR headsets do. AR has always been more interesting to me than VR, and I think millions of Pokemon Go players would agree. HoloLens demonstrates why. And it’s not just the fact that the screen reflected in your eyes makes you look like a Terminator on a magazine cover about Mechanical Apartheid.Seeing a fake thing interact with the real world in real time just feels so much cooler than inhabiting an entirely fake, potentially nausea-inducing world. With or without Skype it’s also easier to socialize with others around you while wearing HoloLens, when you’re not staring off into the distance or pinching invisible gorillas. You can still feel somewhat like a real human being, not some helpless entombed cyborg. And while this means HoloLens can’t yet be a gaming powerhouse on the level of Oculus or HTC Vive hooked up to a monster rig, HoloLens is entirely self-contained and wireless, a more than worthwhile sacrifice. I can walk around and explore my new augmented reality, an experience more immersive than standing in place exploring a virtual reality.Too bad that makes you painfully aware how limiting the three-hour battery life is. But the biggest, most common complaint so far is that the field of view is too small. You can easily see the edges of a rectangle in front of you where all the AR action happens. Accumulated sweat can be an issue as well, but for me that was only because so many people here in the office wanted to wear the headset.I personally wouldn’t buy a HoloLens yet, because I’m not a developer and there’s just not much to do with it at the moment. But when the consumer version (eventually) launches, hopefully with compelling software, I could really see myself picking one up, or at least hogging the one in the office. I can’t say the same for its first-generation VR counterparts.Right now Microsoft HoloLens is impressive tech in its own right and a promising foundation for future AR hardware. Also, Harambe will never die if we keep him in our augmented-reality hearts. Our heARts? <> 1/7Windows 10 apps appear as flat holographic windows, either floating in the air or fixed to surfaces. 1/7You can Skype on the HoloLens, which projects a window of whoever you’re calling in front of you, and shows the other person your augmented view. 1/7One app, HoloPlanner, lets you see how furniture would look in your workspace. It’s very limited. 1/7HoloStudio lets you build your own holographic dioramas. 1/7Fragments is a detective game that uses the HoloLens like the augmented reality glasses in Heavy Rain. 1/7Galaxy Explorer projects a simple view of the galaxy and the Solar System in the middle of you room. 1/7RIP Holorambelast_img read more

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed for Thanksgiving:o MAIL: No home delivery today except Express Mail. Post offices closed. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year. Post offices open Friday; mail delivered.o GARBAGE: Today’s trash and recyclables in Vancouver and most of Clark County will be picked up Friday; Friday’s trash and recyclables will be collected Saturday. In Camas, today’s trash and recyclables will be picked up Monday with Monday’s regular collections, and Friday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up with Tuesday’s collections.o TRANSFER STATIONS: West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road, and Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., closed today, open Friday.o PUBLIC SCHOOLS: No classes today and Friday.o COLLEGES: No classes at Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College today and Friday.o GOVERNMENT: City, county and state offices closed today and Friday. Federal offices closed today, open Friday.o PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free today and Friday.o ANIMAL SHELTER: Humane Society for Southwest Washington shelter closed today, open Friday.o LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library headquarters and branch libraries closed today, open Friday. Camas Public Library closed today and Friday.o BUSES: C-Tran and TriMet follow Sunday schedules today. C-Tran follows reduced service schedule Friday. TriMet will provide regular service Friday.o DRIVER’S LICENSING: Offices closed today and Friday.o VEHICLE LICENSING: Offices closed today and Friday.o VEHICLE EMISSIONS: Closed today, open Friday.o CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Office closed today, open Friday. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-3000.o ZOO: Oregon Zoo in Portland open.o BANKS: Closed today, open Friday.o FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets closed today. Markets close early Friday, at 10 a.m. Pacific time.o MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed today, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.o FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed today, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.o CLARK COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Closed today and Friday.o WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Open 6 to 11:59 p.m. today, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Anchor stores’ hours are: Nordstrom, closed today, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; J.C. Penney, open 5 p.m. today until 11 p.m. Friday; Sears, open 6 p.m. today until 9 p.m. Friday; Macy’s, open 6 p.m. today until 10 p.m. Friday.o THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed today, open Friday. Circulation customer service, 360-694-2312, is available 4:30 a.m. to noon today, and 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.last_img read more

first_imgWe’ve been hearing for months about Alaska’s fiscal crisis. The budget is being cut and we’ll have to dip into reserves. Some economists predict that the state will run out of savings in less than a decade. But is there an alternative? Can the state make money for the general fund from sources other than oil revenue? Some economists say yes.Download Audio:HOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Joe Beedle, CEO, Northrim BankKSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m.Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgA parking lot in downtown Anchorage between 6th and 7th avenues on H Street. (Staff photo)There’s a battle brewing in Anchorage over parking. It centers on a new plan to start charging at parking meters during weekends, and whether the changes will steer business in or out of the area.Listen NowIn Anchorage and elsewhere, most drivers share a common sentiment.“Nobody likes paying for parking,” explained Brian Borguno, Parking Director for the Anchorage Community Development Authority.ACDA controls about 6,000 parking spots in garages, surface lots, and at curbside meters. For years, the price for parking on downtown streets stayed flat, according to Borguno. Under the Berkowitz Administration, ACDA studied whether those old prices and policies still made sense.“It’s a limited resource,” Borguno said in a phone interview. “We only have so many spaces available that are curbside in the downtown setting.”When Borguno’s team collected data and had it independently analyzed, the results showed that about a third of the cars parked downtown on Saturdays were squatting there all day long. And that means less customers circulating through businesses in the area. Ultimately, a stakeholder group made up of property owners, restaurants, stores, and others endorsed the idea of charging at meters on Saturdays.It is not politically popular, though, to start demanding money for a resource that’s heretofore been free. At least free on weekends. But the policy change isn’t driven by a push to raise revenues, according to Borguno. Instead, it’s about increasing the rate of parking space turn-over in front of businesses, and directing people toward lots and garages if they plan on spending longer downtown.“When the on-street parking isn’t being managed, it limits the economic opportunity for businesses to have more customers, and the potential for people that are visiting downtown to have available space to park at the most convenient locations,” Borguno explained.There are 1,750 meters under the control of ACDA’s control (which bear the orange “EasyPark” branding), most of which have a two-hour limit, though some allow 10 hours. Under the current plan, the city will start a pilot program on July 1st that issues warning tickets when people don’t pay at two-hour meters on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Essentially: Saturday parking downtown will be just like any weekday. Once August rolls around, those warning tickets will become real parking tickets.Coming on the heels of last summer’s increase in meter rates, this is not welcomed news for Assembly Vice-Chair Forrest Dunbar.“There was a very negative reaction from the public, including from me,” said Dunbar, who represents communities on the east side of town, far from the business district downtown.Dunbar introduced a proposal that would bar charging for metered parking before noon on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays. In documents filed with the Assembly, Dunbar wrote the start of metering on weekends could have “a chilling effect that could significantly impact the economy of downtown businesses.” This concern is less focused on merchants than on restaurants and bars, as well as their patrons.“A lot of people come downtown, and then if they’ve had too much to drink they’ll leave their car and they’ll take a cab home,” explained Dunbar, who thinks that if people suspect they’ll get a ticket for leaving a car parked overnight then they are more likely to risk driving home under the influence.“The parking people say they don’t think that’s the case. I think it’s common sense,” Dunbar added.For people living in far-away neighborhoods, relying on cabs is an expensive option. And Dunbar doesn’t think those residents have been sufficiently consulted about the change to parking fees. His ordinance leaves the door open for charging at curbside meters after noon on Saturday’s, as a compromise on the issue.There are no studies or data backing up the claims that DUIs will increase after a switch to metered parking on Saturdays, according to Borguno. He points out there are already limits on people parking along most downtown streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., particularly during winter when there is overnight snowplowing.The issue is set to be discussed during a 1 p.m. work session at City Hall on Thursday June 15th.Correction: an earlier version of this story misstated that Dunbar’s ordinance seeks to ban metering on evenings and Sundays.last_img read more