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The Daily vs. Flipboard: One of These is The Future of Newspapers…

first_imgFor other people, it’d be about reading the latest politics or sports news. Whatever your interests, you can plug in sections on Flipboard that give you a much wider and more interesting selection of news than The Daily offers up.The crux of The Daily’s problem is that it tries to deliver a general interest traditional newspaper, except in the iPad format. However, the future of the newspaper is about increased personalization, interactivity, social features, more choice of niche content. It’s no longer about serving up a selection of middle-of-the-road fare every day and hoping that satisfies a large chunk of the newspaper-reading population (which is of course in decline, too). There are ways that a newspaper, paper or digital, can still command interest and readership. Providing local news – like my city’s newspaper, which I read from time to time. Or in-depth, professionally reported features – such as most of the articles in the New York Times, Washington Post or USA Today. However, The Daily isn’t local enough and its articles seem light fare when compared to the three U.S. dailies I just mentioned.I’ll be sticking with Flipboard for my daily news, together with my favorite sources of local and in-depth news. The Daily just isn’t doing it for me. How about you? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus I wasn’t even halfway through my coffee and toast when I got bored with The Daily and fired up Flipboard. If you’re unfamiliar with Flipboard, it’s a self-styled iPad “social magazine” that lets you select what content to follow. So if you want the latest news of the day, there are multiple ways you can get that. There’s a section called “FlipNews” that offers up the latest news headlines. CNN, Fox, USA Today and other news brands have their own sections. You can plug in a selection of your favorite news RSS feeds from Google Reader. You can add a Twitter list that gives you breaking news.Let’s take the arts example. As I mentioned, I follow the latest arts news regularly and one way I do that is via Flipboard. I have 3 different art sections in Flipboard: FlipArt (sources selected by the Flipboard editors), the ‘Art’ folder in my Google Reader (filled with my favorite art blogs and websites, such as Juxtapoz and FecalFace), and my art Twitter list (a private list filled with a bunch of my favorite art tweeters). This morning, I happened to be interested in reading up on the latest news and reviews in the art world (and by art, I include music and books). I spent a good 40 minutes browsing and reading stories via those 3 sections in my Flipboard. Reluctantly, I closed Flipboard after that time – as I had work to do! But my point is, that was essentially my morning newspaper. Much of The Daily’s content this morning was of little interest to me. I hadn’t expected the sports or gossip sections to appeal to me, but I’m very interested in the arts and The Daily has an ‘Arts & Life’ section. Today, Sunday in the U.S., there was an article about an iPad version of the bible, a feature on halftime shows at the Superbowl, a review of a movie called ‘The Roommate’, and a review of a book about Michelle Obama. All pretty standard mainstream newspaper fare. The bible app article was a nice touch, although oddly there was no interactivity on that particular article. The main issue on the content side is that there is no real choice of what content is served up. It’s middle-of-the-road fare, with a few seemingly token geek stories. For example in today’s issue there was a video story about live World of Warcraft. I can imagine the editorial discussion that produced that story: “Hey we need a story about nerds, because those people have iPads, right? World of Warcraft, you say… is that something nerds do? Well then, that’s perfect!” (if that story didn’t satisfy The Daily’s geek demographic, there was also a story today about what apps Buzz Aldrin uses.) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#New Media#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Last week Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-only newspaper The Daily was launched. The Daily is a newspaper app available to U.S. users on the iPad for 99c per week (the first 2 weeks are free; non-U.S. people can download it for trial via this method). The Daily has been touted as the “future of the newspaper” by News Corp. Audrey Watters wrote our initial review of The Daily and she was underwhelmed. In my own testing, I’ve found The Daily to be inferior to my current iPad ‘newspaper’ of choice: Flipboard. Here’s how I came to that conclusion…In an informal breakfast news test, this morning I sat in bed with my coffee and peanut butter toast and browsed both The Daily and Flipboard. OK, it was also an excuse to lounge about in bed for an extra hour! But to the point: in both content and user interface, Flipboard served up most of the articles that I ended up consuming this morning. If it had been a paper product, I’d have flicked through The Daily in about 5-10 minutes and discarded the scrunched up newspaper at the foot of my bed.At first glance, The Daily has a few nice interactive touches – like 360° photos, a short 2-3 minute video review of the day’s big news, and other multimedia features. While it could be doing a lot more with the iPad’s interactive functionality, it’s a decent start and shows the promise of what’s to come with digital newspapers.Where The Daily mostly fails to deliver is with the content. There are two big issues: firstly a lack of choice for the consumer, and secondly the blandness of the content that is on offer. As we’ll see, Flipboard is able to deliver much more than The Daily on both fronts. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Bringing the Godzilla Roar into the 21st Century

first_imgMusic experts are using microscopes to take the iconic roar into the 21st century.Since 1954 the Godzilla roar has been sending shivers down the backs of audiences. There are few sounds as recognizable worldwide as the iconic roar. So when Ethan Van Der Ryn and Erik Aadahl were tasked with creating a new roar for the 2014 Godzilla movie they had big shoes to fill.The original 1954 roar was made by Japanese composer Akira Ifukube who used a leather glove, double bass, and Pine tar to create the sound. The result was fantastic but audiences in 2014 demanded a little more. Ryn and Aadahl began their search by recording screeches and calls from various wildlife but “nothing quite felt right”.Ryn and Aadahl then turned to objects including ironing boards & rusty car doors but they still couldn’t find anything that would suit their needs. That’s when they decided to turn to microscopes. Scientific microscopes offer users the ability to capture sound waves that humans can’t normally hear. The sounds when slowed down can create some awesome results including the 2014 Godzilla screech.The noise even triggered fearful tourists to call the police to Universal Studios. The following video sheds more light on how it was made.What do you think of the new roar? Share in the comments below.Stories via:NPR: What’s In A Roar? Crafting Godzilla’s Iconic SoundRecode: Behind the Roar: Finding Godzilla’s Iconic Voicelast_img read more

BJP demands disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 14(PTI)BJP today demanded disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries, saying it is an “open and shut” case and called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal “newage Tughlaq” who has “cheated” people.”The Election Commission (while recommending Jaya Bachchans disqualification) from the Rajya Sabha opined that any post, even if held in an advisory capacity, was an office of profit.”This is an open and shut case. The EC must take a final call on the disqualification issue at the earliest. The appointment of 21 Parliament Secretaries is illegal as the prescribed limit for such an appointment in Delhi is only one,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said.The Delhi governments declaration in its affidavit that they had not taken any benefit from the government is “false” as they were allocated rooms, she said, seeking action under the Representation of People Act.”It is so unfortunate that the people of Delhi have been cheated while electing the newage Tughlaq by the name of Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi government is the epicenter of nepotism and huge corruption,” she said, accusing his government of involvement in Rs 400 crore tanker scam.”The BJP wants a CBI enquiry into the corrupt affairs of the Kejriwal government,” she said.Hitting back at Kejriwal after he blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Presidents refusal to gove assent to a bill that protects these MLAs from office of profit charge, she told a press conference, “He is known to dupe people by creating fuss over non-issues and sidelining them. The issue is what the law has provided.”advertisementLekhi noted that Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan was disqualified as Rajya Sabha MP on the ground of holding an office of profit even though she made no money from the post.”It is not BJP but the Election Commission which has caught him red-handed. Now he fears action from the EC and is so lying. He is trying to mislead people,” she said.She also rejected Kejriwals contention that many other states too had many Parliamentary Secretaries, saying law provided for only one such post in Delhi.Another BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused the Chief Minister of being “obsessed” about attacking Modi for no rhyme or reason.He said Kejriwal was “frustrated” that his flying ambition has crash-landed and asked him not to make the Presidents decision a “political issue”.”Office of the President of India and the Election Commission are independent institutions with great credibility.”You (Kejriwal) have certain political ambitions, rightly so under a democratic system, but for gods sake dont demean the credibility of the President of India because in the end you are demeaning the democracy of this country,” Patra told reporters.In a jolt to the AAP government, President Pranab Mukherjee has refused to give assent to a legislation that protects 21 party MLAs, who have been appointed Parliamentary Secretaries, and face the prospect of disqualification. PTI KR SAP VMNlast_img read more

Maria Sakkari Made the Wimbledon 3rd Round; Marcos Baghdatis Beats James Ward

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON – Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari made the Wimbledon third round for the first time on Wednesday, counting her blessings that she once got the chop from a karate class, firstpost.com reports.The 21-year-old from Athens defied her world ranking of 101 to knock out 44th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-4.James Ward made it to the third round back in 2015 but has dropped out of the top 1000 in the world this year.FILE – Marcos Baghdatis.And Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, a one-time Australian Open finallist made short work of the Brit, dispatching him 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, express.co reports.(AP) Show courts schedule on Tuesday at Wimbledon:Play begins on Centre Court and No. 1 Court at 1200 GMTall other courts at 1030 GMTCentre CourtAngelique Kerber (1), Germany, vs. Irina Falconi, United StatesMartin Klizan, Slovakia, vs. Novak Djokovic (2), SerbiaAlexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, vs. Roger Federer (3), SwitzerlandNo. 1 CourtMilos Raonic (6), Canada, vs. Jan-Lennard Struff, GermanyKarolina Pliskova (3), Czech Republic, vs. Evgeniya Rodina, RussiaDominic Thiem (8), Australia, vs. Vasek Pospisil, CanadaNo. 2 CourtJuan Martin del Potro (29), Argentina, vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis, AustraliaAgnieszka Radwanska (9), Poland, vs. Jelena Jankovic, SerbiaJeremy Chardy, France, vs. Tomas Berdych (11), Czech RepublicOns Jabeur, Tunisia, vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), RussiaNo. 3 CourtKyle Edmund, Britain, vs. Alexander Ward, BritainEkaterina Alexandrova, Russia, vs. Garbine Muguruza (14), SpainEvgeny Donskoy, Russia, vs. Alexander Zverev (10), GermanyKristina Mladenovic (12), France, vs. Pauline Parmentier, FranceCourt 12Richard Gasquet (22), France, vs. David Ferrer, SpainKatie Boulter, Britain, vs. Christina McHale, United StatesGrigor Dimitrov (13), Bulgaria, vs. Diego Schwartzman, ArgentinaOceane Dodin, France, vs. Lucie Safarova (32), Czech RepublicCourt 18Mona Barthel, Germany, vs. CoCo Vandeweghe (24), United StatesGael Monfils (15), France, vs. Daniel Brands, GermanyJames Ward, Britain, vs. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus(AP) — Results on Monday at Wimbledon:Singles Men First RoundJo-Wilfried Tsonga (12), France, def. Cameron Norrie, Britain, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.Pierre-Hugues Herbert, France, def. Nick Kyrgios (20), Australia, 6-3, 6-4 retired.Benoit Paire, France, def. Rogerio Dutra Silva, Brazil, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10), 6-4.Karen Khachanov (30), Russia, def. Andrey Kuznetsov, Russia, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.Simone Bolelli, Italy, def. Yen-hsun Lu, Taiwan, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.Jerzy Janowicz, Poland, def. Denis Shapovalov, Canada, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia, def. Carlos Berlocq, Argentina, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-1.Sam Querrey (24), United States, def. Thomas Fabbiano, Italy, 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-2.Dustin Brown, Germany, def. Joao Sousa, Portugal, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4.Kei Nishikori (9), Japan, def. Marco Cecchinato, Italy, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.Thiago Monteiro, Brazil, def. Andrew Whittington, Australia, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5).Andy Murray (1), Britain, def. Alexander Bublik, Kazakhstan, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.Kevin Anderson, South Africa, def. Fernando Verdasco (31), Spain, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8), 6-3.Roberto Bautista Agut (18), Spain, def. Andreas Haider-Maurer, Austria, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.Donald Young, United States, def. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 4-2, retired.Florian Mayer, Germany, def. Viktor Troicki, Serbia, 6-1, retired.Andreas Seppi, Italy, def. Norbert Gombos, Slovakia, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.Rafael Nadal (4), Spain, def. John Millman, Australia, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.Peter Gojowczyk, Germany, def. Marius Copil, Romania, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, def. Julien Benneteau, France, 6-3, 7-6 (8), 2-6, 6-2.Lucas Pouille (14), France, def. Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (2).Marin Cilic (7), Croatia, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.Fabio Fognini (28), Italy, def. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, def. Henri Laaksonen, Switzerland, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.Daniil Medvedev, Russia, def. Stan Wawrinka (5), Switzerland, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.Gilles Muller (16), Luxembourg, def. Marton Fucsovics, Hungary, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia-Herzegovina, def. Renzo Olivo, Argentina, 6-2, 6-0, 6-1.Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium, def. Tommy Haas, Germany, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.Steve Johnson (26), United States, def. Nicolas Kicker, Argentina, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.Aljaz Bedene, Britain, def. Ivo Karlovic (21), Croatia, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (7), 8-6.Jiri Vesely, Czech Republic, def. Illya Marchenko, Ukraine, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.Radu Albot, Moldova, leads Facundo Bagnis, Argentina, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9), susp., darkness.Women First RoundMadison Keys (17), United States, def. Nao Hibino, Japan, 6-4, 6-2.Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil, def. Laura Robson, Britain, 6-4, 6-2.Camila Giorgi, Italy, def. Alize Cornet, France, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus, def. Irina Khromacheva, Russia, 6-3, 6-4.Wang Qiang, China, def. Chang Kai-chen, Taiwan, 6-3, 6-4.Simona Halep (2), Romania, def. Marina Erakovic, New Zealand, 6-4, 6-1.Venus Williams (10), United States, def. Elise Mertens, Belgium, 7-6 (7), 6-4.Elina Svitolina (4), Ukraine, def. Ashleigh Barty, Australia, 7-5, 7-6 (8).Carina Witthoeft, Germany, def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (26), Croatia, 6-3, 5-7, 8-6.Barbora Strycova (22), Czech Republic, def. Veronica Cepede Royg, Paraguay, 6-3, 6-3.Francesca Schiavone, Italy, def. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg, 6-1, 6-1.Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, def. Roberta Vinci (31), Italy, 7-6 (6), 6-2.Naomi Osaka, Japan, def. Sara Sorribes Tormo, Spain, 6-3, 7-6 (3).Maria Sakkari, Greece, def. Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-4.Petra Kvitova (11), Czech Republic, def. Johanna Larsson, Sweden, 6-3, 6-4.Dominika Cibulkova (8), Slovakia, def. Andrea Petkovic, Germany, 6-3, 3-6, 9-7.Caroline Garcia (21), France, def. Jana Cepelova, Slovakia, 6-1, 6-1.Madison Brengle, United States, def. Richel Hogenkamp, Netherlands, 6-3, 6-3.Francoise Abanda, Canada, def. Kurumi Nara, Japan, 6-2, 6-4.Jennifer Brady, United States, def. Danka Kovinic, Montenegro, 6-3, 6-1.Ana Bogdan, Romania, def. Duan Ying-Ying, China, 6-4, 6-2.Johanna Konta (6), Britain, def. Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, 6-2, 6-2.Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, def. Naomi Broady, Britain, 6-4, 6-2.Heather Watson, Britain, def. Maryna Zanevska, Belgium, 6-1, 7-6 (5).Anastasija Sevastova (18), Latvia, def. Yulia Putintseva, Kazakhstan, 6-1, 7-6 (3).Ana Konjuh (27), Croatia, def. Sabine Lisicki, Germany, 6-1, 6-4.Peng Shuai, China, def. Marketa Vondrousova, Czech Republic, 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-4.Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, def. CiCi Bellis, United States, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.Donna Vekic, Croatia, def. Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Russia, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-1.Carla Suarez Navarro (25), Spain, def. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.Elena Vesnina (15), Russia, def. Anna Blinkova, Russia, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.Jelena Ostapenko (13), Latvia, def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Belarus, 6-0, 1-6, 6-3.last_img read more

Salah plans Spain rehab in bid to make World Cup

first_imgLiverpool Salah to travel to Spain for rehabilitation in bid to make World Cup Omnisport 04:44 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) mohamed salah - cropped Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Egypt World Cup Mohamed Salah Amid conflicting reports on whether he will recover in time for Russia 2018, the Egypt star will work with Liverpool staff in Spain Mohamed Salah will travel to Spain for treatment on his injured shoulder on Tuesday, according to the Egyptian Football Association.The Liverpool star went off in tears after half an hour of his side’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, having hurt his shoulder when falling awkwardly under a challenge from Sergio Ramos on Saturday.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the problem looked “really serious” and, although he was eager to wait for tests, he admitted Salah’s prospects of going to Russia were in jeopardy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Egyptian FA have since moved to calm fears he will miss the World Cup, claiming tests have shown the injury is not as bad as first suspected.And on Monday they said in a statement that the 25-year-old will be accompanied by Liverpool’s medical staff to Spain to start an intensive period of rehabilitation.Egypt’s World Cup campaign kicks off against Uruguay on June 15 in Group A.Get well soon @MoSalah pic.twitter.com/qUiuWwlXU9— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) May 26, 2018The Pharaohs then take on hosts Russia before closing out their first round campaign against Saudi Arabia. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ohio State Football Players, Coaches Go Crazy After Stanford Beats Notre Dame

first_imgTaylor Decker tweets about God being a Buckeye.No. 9 Stanford just beat No. 6 Notre Dame 38-36 on a 45-yard field goal as time expired. The win by the Cardinal eliminated Notre Dame from College Football Playoff contention, and kept Ohio State’s hopes alive after the Buckeyes thrashed Michigan today to finish the regular season 11-1. Naturally, Ohio State’s players and coaching staff were very happy with the outcome, and celebrated it on Twitter. If he makes this….God is a buckeye— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) November 29, 2015 Let’s gooo— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 29, 2015 Go Cardinal!!!!— Zach S❌ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 29, 2015 Man man man— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) November 29, 2015 With Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan State, Alabama and Clemson all winning this weekend, Ohio State needs some chaos next week to sneak into the CFP. But today proved the Buckeyes can be a dangerous team if they get there.last_img read more

2016 Big 12 Tournament Bracket, Schedule, Analysis

first_imgBig 12 Team logos around the center big 12 logo.Twitter/Big 12The regular season is over, and we’re now jumping into one of the great events on the sports calendar: March Madness. The major conference tournaments kick off next week, with things kicking off on Wednesday, March 9. Kansas State and Oklahoma State open things up from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, with the winner advancing to face regular season champion Kansas. West Virginia finished a wild regular season in second place, and will get the Texas Tech-TCU winner. Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, and Texas have also all spent time in the polls this season. Kansas is the definite favorite here, but all of these teams are capable of making a run. Ticket information for the Big 12 Tournament is available here.Here is the full tournament bracket:2016 big 12 tournamentEvery Big 12 Tournament game will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU.Favorite: Kansaskansas logoThe Jayhawks ran away from the pack in February to lock up an astounding 12th straight Big 12 title. At this point, a Kansas regular season championship just feels like a certainty. The tournament has provided a bit more drama in recent years, but right now the Jayhawks are playing the best ball in the league. Veteran forward Perry Ellis mans the frontcourt for KU, averaging 16.5 points, tops on the team. He’s surrounded by a very talent group of guards. Juniors Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr., and sophomore Devonte’ Graham all average over 11 points per game, and all shoot over 40-percent from three point range. They make for a very difficult group to shut down, because of their scoring balance. Kansas is currently a favorite to land the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. With a decent showing in Kansas City, they may lock it up.Sleeper: TexastexasIt took a little while for the Longhorns to adjust to Shaka Smart’s “Havoc” system. Texas dropped a number of non-conference games early, and even fell to lowly TCU early in Big 12 play, 58-57. At that point, Smart’s team was 9-6, and looked like a great bet to miss the NCAA Tournament. Three days later, the Longhorns upset No. 17 Iowa State, and they’ve been competitive since. They split the season series’ with the Cyclones, Baylor, and Oklahoma, and swept West Virginia. Kansas handled Texas in both of their games, including a blowout 86-56 win on February 29, so running into the Jayhawks may make things tough, if that match-up comes to fruition in the Big 12 semifinals. We never count out Shaka Smart in a tournament, though. The system can be very hard to prepare for with quick turnarounds, and the Longhorns get better at playing in it by the game.last_img read more

ESPN Names The ‘Hardest’ Schedule In College Football For 2018

first_imgUCLA Bruins takes the field for the Cactus Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Chase Field.PHOENIX, AZ – DECEMBER 26: UCLA Bruins takes the field for the Cactus Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Chase Field on December 26, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)We’re a little more than three months from college football season. Get excited folks.Not every team will face the same tests this upcoming campaign. Some schedules are harder than others.ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) has updated its preseason rankings as of the spring. One of the metrics they use is strength of schedule rankings.So which team has the toughest 2018 slate? According to the FPI, it is UCLA.Here’s the slate the Bruins have.As you can see, it is no joke. The Bruins have to go to Norman to play Oklahoma and even the home non-conference games (Cincinnati, Fresno State) aren’t easy.In Pac-12 play, the Bruins have to play arguably the three best teams in the league: USC, Stanford and Washington. Sure the games are at home, but they’ll be challenging nonetheless.Additionally, UCLA has to go to Oregon, and road trips to Colorado and Arizona State are not easy.You can view the full strength of schedule rankings here.last_img read more

Vegas Computer Is Predicting A Major Week 3 Upset

first_imgGeneral view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami HurricanesMIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 03: General view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Week 3 of the 2018 college football season has arrived.The upcoming weekend’s slate is highlighted by Ohio State’s road trip to TCU and a massive showdown in the SEC between Auburn and LSU.Will there be any upsets?OddsShark’s computer is predicting one.The sportsbook’s prediction has Miami losing to Toledo. Yikes.miami and toledo are set to meet on saturdayMiami and Toledo are set to kick off at noon. The game will be televised on ESPN2.last_img read more

CWC should appoint interim chief then hold party polls for top posts

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the crucial CWC meet, senior party leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said it should appoint an interim president and then hold internal elections to senior leadership positions which would allay all concerns. His remarks came hours after his party announced that the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet on August 10 at the AICC headquarters here. “When we spoke with Rahul Gandhi, he said there should be a culture of accountability. If Rahul Gandhi has done this, then it is relevant for everyone. This principle is not just for one person,” Tharoor said addressing a press conference after the second annual meet of All India Professionals’ Congress (AIPC) which he heads. The AIPC, in its meeting, also urged the senior leadership of the Congress and the CWC to urgently follow the “wishes of the Congress President” and move ahead on appointing an interim chief as soon as possible, he said.last_img read more

Kolkata to experience evening showers rainy Holi expected

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted light to moderate rainfall in various South Bengal districts including the city particularly during evening hours in the next 48 hours.The MeT department on Saturday said that there will be scattered rainfall in the city and also in some parts of South Bengal in the next two days due to the impact of a collision between Western disturbances and a wind that is blowing towards the Western direction. Western disturbances are low-pressure waves that travel from West to the East across the plains. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to a senior MeT department official, there may be thundershowers coupled with strong breeze in some districts including West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. “An impact of the Western disturbances and a wind that moves towards the East direction may trigger light to moderate rainfall in the city. “Various South Bengal districts may receive light to moderate rainfall while some others will witness lightning and thunderstorms. The city may witness rains during the evening hours bringing the mercury down by a few notches,” a MeT official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOne or two moderate spells over the city are possible during the coming two to three days until March 18. Thereafter, there is likely to be a break in rains. However, once again, on March 20 and 21, some on and off showers may make an appearance over the city of Kolkata. It may be mentioned here that people in the city and other South Bengal districts have started experiencing comparatively hot weather conditions in the past few days as the mercury has begun to soar up.last_img read more

South India got stepmotherly treatment will play key role in voting out

first_imgNew Delhi: Alleging that south India received “step motherly” treatment under the Modi government, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said the south will play a key role in voting out the ruling dispensation and “overwhelmingly” side with the Congress.Emphasising that all sections of the country are equally important to the Congress and have been equally sought after, he said party president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Kerala’s Wayanad sent a message that under Congress rule, the concerns and aspirations of southern states will not be ignored at the Centre. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”I think the south will definitely play an instrumental role in deciding the political fate of the country, particularly in the context of voting out the present ruling dispensation, under whose tenure, the south has an understandable case of step-motherly treatment under the Centre,” Tharoor told PTI in an interview. He alleged that in the last five years of BJP rule, there has been a “widespread assault” on the spirit of cooperative federalism which has held the country together since Independence. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”This is partly on account of cultural factors such as the beef ban and the drive to impose Hindi as a national language, but also because of larger issues such as the uproar regarding the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission which has implications on the financial and political security of the southern states,” he said. The Congress, particularly with Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from the south, has made a very effective outreach towards the southern states, the former Union minister said. The Congress chief contesting from Wayanad has sent a clear message that under Congress rule, the concerns and aspirations of these states will not be ignored at the Centre, least of all under a potential prime ministerial candidate who will be elected from the south, Tharoor said. “As my own experiences in Kerala tell me, this message has been widely and popularly received and it is clear that the south will overwhelmingly side with the Congress as the most credible alternative to the present ruling dispensation,” the 63-year-old leader said. Tharoor, who is seeking a third straight Lok Sabha term from Thiruvanathapuram, which went to polls on April 23, also asserted that there will be a coalition government at the Centre after the elections and that the coalition is more likely to be UPA-3 rather than an NDA-3. PTIlast_img read more

UN officials urge support for integrated strategy to tackle crisis in Africas

“The warning lights for the Sahel region continue to flash,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council, as it met to discuss the situation in a region that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, and includes Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and parts of Sudan, Cameroon and Nigeria. In addition to political instability in Mali, the region – particularly in its west – suffers from extreme poverty, with human development levels among the lowest in the world, porous borders that present significant security challenges, as well as human rights problems. “The governments and people of the Sahel region need our full support,” Mr. Ban said. “The United Nations has mobilized over $1 billion to support the countries of the region respond to the immediate needs of affected populations.“The recent rainfall promises a better harvest season, which should help ease food insecurity. However, much more needs to be done,” he added. “We must strengthen resilience across the region.”In September, the Secretary-General appointed former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi as his Special Envoy for the Sahel, and tasked him with shaping and mobilizing an effective UN and international response to the crisis in the region. Among the envoy’s priorities is finalizing and implementing the UN Integrated Regional Strategy for the Sahel.“I intend to exert all possible efforts to mobilize what is needed,” Mr. Prodi told Council members, adding that he plans to travel to the region for the third time next week. Together with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, he will meet key actors to discuss security, political, humanitarian and development issues facing the governments in the region.He noted that resources are key to tackle all the challenges facing the Sahel. In this regard, a meeting will be organized soon to mobilize the necessary funds for urgent humanitarian action. A multi-donor trust fund for the Sahel is also being considered. Both Mr. Ban and Mr. Prodi acknowledged the need to address the crisis in Mali – which has been dealing with a range of security, political and humanitarian problems since early this year – as part of international efforts for the Sahel. Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in the country’s north in January. Since then, radical Islamists have seized control of the north, where they have imposed an extremist version of Muslim Sharia law, as well as restrictions that target women in particular.The renewed clashes in the north, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March have uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians this year.UN military and police planners have worked closely with the regional grouping known as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union, in consultation with Malian authorities, in developing a framework for possible military intervention in the north. At the same time, the UN has stated that a military force may be required as a last resort to deal with terrorist and criminal elements in northern Mali, but the priority must be on supporting the national authorities to restore constitutional order and reach a political settlement to the crisis.“I would like to echo the views of the Secretary-General that any military effort in Mali must be undertaken after careful analysis and thorough preparation and that these efforts should be part of an agreed political process that tackles the roots of the conflict,” stressed Mr. Prodi.The number of Malian refugees in neighbouring countries is now estimated at more than 140,000, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, who said his agency is facing “significant” challenges in assisting this vulnerable group. Most of the refugees are hosted in remote, arid areas, and it takes several days of driving on poor roads to provide them with food, water and medical supplies. “The refugee-hosting States need and deserve much stronger international solidarity to help them manage the additional strain created by the refugee influx,” Mr. Guterres told the Council meeting. Going forward, he said that Member States must give full consideration to the humanitarian dimensions of the crisis as they consider the appropriate international response. He also urged all actors in the conflict, including a potential international force, to protect humanitarian space and ensure agencies have unhindered access to affected populations. In addition, planning for the political transition and post-conflict recovery must take into account those who have been forced to flee. During today’s meeting, the Council issued a presidential statement in which it, among other things, voiced serious concern over “the insecurity and the significant ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region,” which is further complicated by the presence of armed groups as well as the continued proliferation of weapons from within and outside the region. “The Security Council also recognizes the importance of a comprehensive approach encompassing security, development and humanitarian issues to address the immediate and long-term needs of the Sahel region,” the statement added. read more

Who murdered Sarah Payne

first_imgSarah’s naked body was found by a farm worker 16 days later after a massive police hunt involving 1,300 officers. She had been buried in a shallow grave in a field about 12 miles away from where she disappeared, near Pulborough, West Sussex.  Roy Whiting Roy Whiting's Fiat Ducato van Michael and Sara Payne outside then Home Secretary Jack Straw's office prior to presenting him with 700,000 signed petitions in favor of Sarah's Law in 2000. Roy Whiting was jailed for life in 2001. Credit:PA Michael and Sara Payne outside then Home Secretary Jack Straw’s office prior to presenting him with 700,000 signed petitions in favor of Sarah’s Law in 2000.Credit:PA What is Sarah’s Law?Sarah’s Law, or the Child Sex Offenders Disclosure (CSOD) scheme, was launched in 2011 following years of campaigning by Sara Payne and her late husband Michael.It allows parents to ask the police if someone who might have contact with their children has a criminal record for child sex offences. Police will reveal details confidentially to the child’s parent or carer if they think it’s in the child’s interests.Sara Payne was made an MBE for services to child protection in 2008. However, Michael died in 2014 after losing his battle with alcohol. Sarah Payne: A Mother’s Story will be screened on Channel 5 on Wednesday at 9pm. Prime suspectPolice quickly turned their attention to Whiting, knowing that he was a convicted paedophile and drove a white van. He was questioned over the abduction almost immediately but provided an alibi – claiming he’d been at a funfair in Hove. However, after searching his flat in Littlehampton, West Sussex, where he lived alone, police discovered a receipt indicating that he had bought diesel fuel at a garage near where Sarah’s body was found – nowhere near the funfair. Later, a strand of Sarah’s hair was found on Whiting’s sweatshirt and fibres from his van were found on her hair and shoe.The trial judge awarded £500 from public funds to Deborah Bray, who found Sarah’s right shoe by the side of the road. It was the only item of Sarah’s clothing recovered and provided a vital forensic link to enable the case to go to court. Sarah Payne (bottom right) with brothers Lee and Luke (top left and right) and sister Charlotte.Credit:PA Sarah Payne (bottom right) with brothers Lee and Luke (top left and right) and sister Charlotte. What happened to Whiting?Labourer and unemployed car mechanic Whiting denied having anything to do with Sarah’s murder throughout the three week trial. However, jurors found otherwise and he was jailed for life in January 2001. Who was Sarah Payne?Sarah Paynewas eight years old when she was abducted and murdered by jobbing builder Roy Whiting in West Sussex 17 years ago. The schoolgirl had been playing near her grandparents’ home one summer’s evening in July 2000 when she was snatched by the convicted sex attacker in a white van. Her body was found 17 days later. Whiting, now 58, was sentenced to life in prison at Lewes Crown Court in 2001 in what became one of Britain’s most high profile child murder cases. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Revelations of his history of child abuse prompted a nationwide debate about paedophiles and the justice system. Had he been in trouble with the law before?Yes, after Whiting was convicted, jurors were told that he had kidnapped and sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl five years earlier.Whiting had snatched the girl from a park in Crawley, West Sussex forcing her to strip and made her commit indecent acts on him while he sexually assaulted her. He later dumped her at the roadside near her home.However, before he was sentenced, Whiting was assessed and was said in a psychiatrist’s report to be “not a paedophile”. He was jailed for four years but was freed after only 30 months.  He is currently serving time at Wakefield Prison where he spends most of his time in his cell due to fear of attacks from other prisoners. He is not eligible for parole until at least 2041.During the trial jurors heard how the divorced father-of-one lived a solitary life, visiting the same cafe almost every evening, ordering the same meal of a hamburger and two mugs of tea, and always eating alone.They also heard how he had been out hunting for children and that he had turned his van, in which he had abducted Sarah, into a “moving prison” complete with a rope, knife, ties and soft materials. Judge Mr Justice Curtis described him as “an evil man, every parent’s nightmare”. What happened on the day she disappeared?Sarah was abducted by Whiting from a country lane close to her grandparents’ home at Kingston Gorse, West Sussex on July 1, 2000.She had been playing hide-and-seek in a cornfield with her younger sister Charlotte and brothers Luke and Lee when she dipped through a gap leading to a road on the edge of the field to head back to her grandparents’ house. However, Whiting was waiting on the other side and snatched her. Roy Whiting’s Fiat Ducato van which he used to abduct Sarah.Credit:Chris Ison/PA Thirteen-year-old Lee, who had run after his little sister, saw Whiting speed away smiling and waving, but had no idea his terrified little sister was in the back of the van.After Sarah’s parents reported her missing that night, Lee mentioned to officers that he’d seen a scruffy-looking man in a white van drive away from the scene. last_img read more

Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptist Church website during live interview with them

first_imgUntil now the battle between Anonymous and Westboro Baptist Church has remained civilized and mature from Anonymous’ standpoint. While Anonymous do not agree with the message WBC send out, they certainly didn’t want to go to war with them as, quite frankly, they have better things to do.But WBC kept pushing, and it all came to a head in a live interview today. On The David Pakman Show Shirley Phelps-Roper from WBC agreed to chat with a representative of Anonymous. During the interview Shirley was, let’s say, less than respectful and at one point stated Anonymous could not do anything to harm their websites.Anonymous has always said that the WBC website hacks to this point had not been carried out by them, but by a hacktivist named Jester. They also distanced themselves from the original release that seemed to spur this mini-war. Shirley went on to tell the Anonymous rep that he was going to hell and that they were all thugs.Anonymous clearly had had enough and decided to hack one of the WBC websites that was still live. This was done during the interview and presented as a surprise. Shirley continues to smile somewhat oblivious to what happened. When asked to look at the message posted on the site she simply says:I have to talk, that’s my job. It’s somebody else’s job to look at the websites. Read more at Computerworldlast_img read more

Coins depicting Alexander the Great uncovered in Amphipolis

first_imgCoins featuring the face of Alexander the Great have been found at the largest tomb ever unearthed in Greece, where archaeologists are hunting for clues to solve the mystery of who lies buried there.The enormous tomb at Amphipolis in northern Greece dates back to the fourth century BC and contains near-intact sculptures and intricate mosaics.The discovery earlier this month of a skeleton inside the structure has added to the excitement over the site, which has enthralled the Greek public.The archaeologist in charge of the dig, Katerina Peristeri, said they still did not know the identity of the skeleton but it was likely the tomb was built for a high-ranking individual.Giving the first complete presentation of the excavation results at the Ministry of Culture in Athens, Ms Peristeri said the quality of the statues and the sheer scale of the tomb – which measures some 500 metres in circumference – “show that a general could have been buried there”.The tomb was repeatedly plundered before being sealed off but Ms Peristeri said the team still found several coins around the tomb, including some showing the face of Alexander the Great and some dating back to the third and second century BC.Archaeologists had to dig their way past huge decapitated sphinxes, break through a wall guarded by two caryatids, sculpted female figures, and empty out an antechamber decorated with lavish mosaics to finally find the tomb’s occupant.Experts have known about the burial mound, which is 30 metres high, since the 1960s but work only began in earnest there in 2012.“We knew we had to return there and solve the mystery of the hill,” Ms Peristeri said.Since the unearthing of the site, deemed to be of huge historical importance and visited by prime minister Antonis Samaras in August, there has been widespread speculation over who was buried there: from Roxana, Alexander’s Persian wife, to Olympias, the king’s mother, to one of his generals.But historians said it is highly unlikely to have been Alexander himself, who conquered the Persian empire and much of the known world before his death at the age of 32.Source: AFP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

French graffiti artist dies while spraying Athens train

first_imgA 19-year-old French man reportedly lost his life on Wednesday while graffiti-spraying train carriages in Thisio, Athens.According to the first reports from local authorities, the man was spraying wagons with a group of friends when he lost his balance and dropped dead.Greek police and firemen rushed to the scene and the 19-year-old was immediately transferred to hospital where his death was declared with electrocution as the most likely cause based on first indications. Authorities have launched a further investigation, The Toc reports. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dr Dabbers Boost Is a Fine Vape and Thats About It

first_imgStay on target DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer Review: Vaping Gets TinyMysterious Incident at E-Cig Plant Left 29 Sick, Fire Chief “Bewildere… The Boost is a totally different class of vape. It’s portable, yeah, but only technically. It stands more than 10 inches and has an awkward, imposing presence. Plus, it comes in a padded metal case that reminds me of something you’d use for a weapon.All this is because the Boost is a high-powered concentrate rig. Like the Aurora, you won’t be able to use any herbs with this machine. And given the high temps needed to properly vaporize concentrate, this beast is built to deliver a ton of power, really quickly. That, of course, gives a harsh flavor, so the Boost also includes a percolator. This pulls the vapor through water, cooling the vapor and filtering out some of the unwanted particulates.Build quality is solid, with a sturdy base packed with magnets and rubber O-rings that hold the rig together. It comes apart easily enough and can be stashed back into the case, but you probably won’t want to run the thing around too much as even disassembled, it’s still on the bulkier side.Once you get past that, though, the Boost is a capable machine. It seems intimidating, and you may have to go over the instructions a few times, but all-told, it is, if anything, a bit too simple. You won’t get variable temperature settings as it runs continuously for 60-ish seconds before shutting off. During that time, the Boost will get hotter and hotter — so take that into account. There’s also not really any other features or drawbacks. What you see is what you get.Vapor quality is consistent and potent. Be careful, even with the water filtration; it’s easy to overdo the Boost. You’ll also get quite a few sessions — up to 30 — on one charge. Beyond that, there’s not much to talk about. The biggest advantage here is the price and solid functionality. A comparable home set-up can often run far, far higher than the Boost’s comparatively easy-to-swallow $150 price tag. Plus, most oil or concentrate-based rigs come with what I’m going to call a “sketch” factor.There’s not much appeal to heating up a nail with a blowtorch and then inhaling whatever comes out. The boost is clean-cut by comparison. It’s still not what I’d call a glamorous experience (it’s no Hydrology 9), but it’s worth a look if you prefer oils to herbs.ProsPowerhouseEasy to useGreat price pointConsA bit intimidatingOnly uses concentrateNo extra bells and whistlesBottom LineThe Boost is an imposing, albeit simple rig for vaping oils and concentrates. It gets the job done, but if you’re looking for anything fancy, you might want to shop around.last_img read more

Who is Vikram Rathour Team Indias probable batting coach

first_imgTeam India sporting the special cap. Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesAround 12 candidates have been shortlisted for the post of batting coach of Team India. There are many big names among them who are from India and also from other countries. From international cricketing stalwarts like former English batsmen Jonathan Trott, Mark Ramprakash, Sri Lankan Thilan Samaraweera to Indian first-class legends like Amol Majumdar, Hrishikesh Kanitkar and experienced coaching campaigners like Pravin Amre and Lalchand Rajput along with the incumbent batting coach Sanjay Bangar, the list has a wide range of heavyweights. But the person who is probably getting the job is Jalandhar-born 50-year-old former cricketer named Vikram Rathour, as reported by the Times of India.Who is Vikram Rathour? Vikram Rathour.TwitterVikram Rathour is a 50-year-old former Indian cricketer who has represented the country in Tests and ODIs during 1996-97. In his brief stint donning national colours, he was not at all successful as the former cricketer was able to score only 193 runs from the seven ODIs he played with two half-centuries to his name whereas he has 131 runs to his name from the six Test matches he has played.But the right-handed batsman has a brilliant record in first-class cricket. He has scored 11,473 runs at an average of 49.66 in 146 matches, on the other hand, has an average record in List A cricket with 3,000 runs in 99 matches to his name. The Jalandhar-born cricket was an important member of the Punjab team which won the Ranji Trophy in 1992-92 under the coaching of Bishan Singh Bedi.The former cricketer was appointed as a national selector in 2012 from the North Zone till 2016. During his tenure, Punjab’s Barinder Sran and Himachal Pradesh’s Rishi Dhawan came into the picture of the national team. The 50-year-old former cricketer is a favourite of Rahul Dravid who wanted him to be appointed as the batting coach of India U-19. But as he is a relative of U-19 national selector Ashish Kapoor, he could not get the jobs of U-19 and NCA.What are his chances of becoming the batting coachAs reported by the Times of India, the Indian team will probably have an Indian coach for the ease of communication. Rathour is the front-runner for the post due to the appreciation he has earned as a selector and coach in the past. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri together.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesThe former cricketer is also related to former BCCI president Anurag Thakur but it should not matter in his selection as batting coach, a source told TOI.”The COA, however, has never specified what the conflict is. That he is related to former BCCI president Anurag Thakur? How is it even a conflict? Just because you’re related to someone, your qualifications or experience shouldn’t matter?” a source told TOI.On the other hand, Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun are probably going to be re-appointed as the head coach and bowling coach of Team India respectively.last_img read more